Tuesday, April 2, 2013

No right of return for Palestinians

The United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA)  defines Palestinian refugees as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 & May 1948, who lost both their homes & means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.” In other words, those who were forcibly expelled by armed Zionist militias although it also covers descendants of the 1948 refugees.

The UNRWA recognizes 59 refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, & Gaza Strip. It has no police or administrative role in the camps but claims it provides services. The number of registered Palestinian refugees has grown from 914,000 in 1950 to over 12 million in 2013. Those figures do not include those who fled into exile.

Israeli immigration policy excludes Palestinians from returning to their homeland while Zionist promoters scour the planet to find Jews willing to relocate & take over Palestinian lands to continue the forcible expulsion begun in 1948.

The Palestinian children here sitting in the back of a three-wheel motorcycle are from the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. The Shati camp is not listed among those recognized by UNRWA so the number of Palestinian refugees they cite may well not be accurate.

(Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

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