The right of return for Palestinian refugees, the reason Israel should legally be booted from the UN!

This author points out a few things about Palestinian refugees that the west should understand.  First he recalls Bush’s remarks a few weeks ago in Israel:

When US President George W. Bush addressed the Israeli Knesset to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary last week he declared that David Ben-Gurion’s proclamation of Israel’s independence “was the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David: a homeland for the chosen people of Eretz Yisrael.”

He then explains the significance of the term, “Eretz Yisrael.”

President Bush used the anachronistic words “Eretz Yisrael” (the biblical Land of Israel) to describe the Israeli state. This sort of usage was, and is, exactly what most right-wing Jewish fundamentalists use to refer to an Israel that reaches from the Euphrates River, in what’s left of today’s Iraq, to the Mediterranean Sea.

Next, he sets the stage of how the refugees became refugees.  He speaks briefly of the Nakba where 750,000 Arab Palestinians were forced to flee their homes in 1948 by Israeli death squads:

Today there are over 5.5 million Palestinian refugees and displaced persons who have never been allowed the choice to return to their homes or given redress for their losses. The continued denial of their rights encapsulates the decades-long strife, disenfranchisement and dispossession the Palestinians have suffered.

He then makes some amazing points regarding Israel’s ignorance of its committments to the international community in not implementing UNSC Resolution 194 which states that the Palestinians have a right to return or be fairly compensated for their property:

Taking the Palestinian refugee issue as a case in point, the state of Israel, which holds the key to solving their problem, has refused to recognize the right of the refugees to choose whether to return to their homes and has denied any responsibility for the problem since 1948. Israel has adopted this position in violation of international law, including UN General Assembly Resolution 194, which affirmed the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes or receive compensation. The General Assembly has affirmed this most basic right of the Palestinian refugees every year since 1948. Additionally, admission of Israel to membership in the United Nations (General Assembly Resolution 273 of 11 May 1949) requires Israel to comply with General Assembly Resolution 194 of 11 December 1948. At the time, Israel stated it agreed to comply with this resolution.

If this covenant was followed, Israel should be expelled from the UN as it has not kept its part of the bargain!

Israel’s first prime minister said that “the old will die, and the young will forget.” A few days ago, Israel’s current prime minister, Ehud Olmert, explicitly stated that Palestinians must “relinquish your demand for the realization of the right of return.” Following these ill-fated desires, Israel has sought to deny or delay addressing the refugee issue. However, the amount of blood shed since 1948 proves the fallacy and the immorality of the Israeli position. Adhering to it will only lead to more bloodshed.

Incidentally, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will finally go to Gaza on a fact finding mission for the UN on an Israeli massacre of 19 people in a home in Gaza in 2006.  Israel has blocked this mission until now.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has described Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip as “one of the greatest human rights crimes on Earth.”

Mr. Carter was speaking Sunday at a literary festival in Wales. He told The Guardian newspaper that the Israeli blockade has led to what he calls the “imprisonment” of Gaza’s 1.6 million Palestinians.


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