Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of a Palestinian state
Posted by Judy K. Warner on September 26, 2011
This is the most unbelievable item I’ve seen in a long time. No, I guess it’s not that unbelievable, since it concerns Arab leaders. The Daily Star of Lebanon reports:
BEIRUT: Palestinian refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state, according to Palestine’s ambassador to Lebanon….
The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” he says. “But … they are not automatically citizens.”
This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”
Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.
In addition, such a state would not settle the conflict over the “right of return.” That is the claim by Arab leaders that all the descendants who claim descent from an Arab who lived in what is now Israel has the right to move to Israel. The intention is to destroy Israel, since millions of new Arab residents would either vote or terrorize Israel out of existence.
Oops, that’s the old definition. Now there’s a new game:
The right of return that Abdullah says is to be negotiated would not only apply to those Palestinians whose origins are within the 1967 borders of the state, he adds. “The state is the 1967 borders, but the refugees are not only from the 1967 borders. The refugees are from all over Palestine. When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”
Furthermore, we’d still be paying billions to the corrupt Palestinian leaders:
The Palestinian Liberation Organization would remain responsible for refugees, and Abdullah says that UNRWA would continue its work as usual.
I’m focusing on the refugee situation here because that’s what RRW is about. But the article that pointed me to the news, by David Meir-Levi at FrontPage Magazine, contains quotes from other leaders showing that a Palestinian state is only the next stage in the continued fight to destroy Israel.
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