We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East. (From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

"According To International Law, There Are No Palestinian Refugees"

Israel Demonisers At A New York Rally
'Much has been written and said about the Palestinian refugee problem, and much blame has been cast at Israel for not allowing those “refugees” to “return” to their old homes in Israel. However, in the context of Palestinian Arabs,“refugee” is a propaganda term with no basis in law or fact. According to international law, there are no Palestinian refugees.

"Refugee" is defined by the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, adopted in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations. "A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion." (Introductory note by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.)

With regard to Palestinian Arabs who, in 1948-1949, left their homes in areas that became the State of Israel, there are two crucial elements in the definition of refugee: (a) "country of origin", with emphasis on the word "country", and (b) "fear of being persecuted".

Let's examine these elements, starting with the reason for the inability of the so-called refugees to return to their former homes....'

So begins a cogent article entitled "Reflections On Refugees, New Jersey, and Broken Cameras" by Joel B that's carried here and is recommended reading.

4 comments:

  1. The cowardice and racism of George Galoway
    Where George Galloway Flees A Debate With An Israeli
    http://www.israellycool.com/2013/02/21/where-george-galloway-flees-a-debate-with-an-israeli/

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  2. With respect he starts with a false conception. There is one law for the rest of the world through UNHCR and one law through UNRWA. It's true that most Palestinians would not be refugees under UNHCR rules but that doesn't make them illegal. It is however one very strong reason for the intractability of this conflict.

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    1. Thanks for that clarification, David.

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