Palestinian ‘refugees’, hypocrisy and unity: just follow the money

Cross posted at ‘This Ongoing War’, a blog edited by Frimet and Arnold Roth 

The Arab-on-Arab bloodbath just across Israel’s northern border goes on and on, and with it the incredible – and worsening – suffering of ordinary Syrians. That is, in significant ways, a function of politically correct but morally repugnant decision-making of the ‘world community’.

Syrian Refugees January 2013

Syrian Refugees January 2013

The decades-long handling of the Palestinian Arabs as a uniquely deserving cause is revealed for the scam it always was. People are paying with their lives for the double-talk about the ‘refugees’. Those people are not only Arabs, but in many cases they are also the close kin of the undeserving beneficiaries of the Palestinian Arab Victimhood industry.

Evelyn Gordon writes (“How UNRWA Steals Money from Those Who Need It Most“) about the current threat by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to halt all relief operations in Syria and for the benefit of Syrian refugees. 1.3 million of them are being looked after until now; the number – given the ongoing unchecked savagery throughout Syria – is certain to grow.

$1.5 billion was pledged to the UN agency by donors earlier this year; only $400 million has turned up. That’s a shortfall of more than 70%. What can we learn from this?

For anyone familiar with the way Arab national giving works, this is a constant: fancy rhetoric and high-flying speeches about Arab solidarity and Arab unity and Arab generosity, followed by… not much. Is there a shortage of available cash in the oil-soaked Arab world? Not really. (We wrote about the phenomenon of $600 million recreational yachts a few days ago. See 10-Apr-13: “I cannot help but cry out long live the descendants of apes and pigs”)

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that unless more money arrives (read: unless the promises of funding are honored, which so far has not happened), UNHCR is going to stop distributing food to refugees in Lebanon from May. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, with the largest population of Syrian refugees, has said it will close its borders to more of them; it cannot cope without aid.

Now pause. 

Evelyn Gordon writes about a different (a very different) UN agency that deals with refugees, one that

enjoys comfortable funding of about $1 billion a year to help a very different group of refugees–refugees who generally live in permanent homes rather than flimsy tents in makeshift camps; who have never faced the trauma of flight and dislocation, having lived all their lives in the place where they were born; who often have jobs that provide an income on top of their refugee benefits; and who enjoy regular access to schooling, healthcare and all the other benefits of non-refugee life… Their generous funding continues undisturbed even as Syrian refugees are facing the imminent loss of such basics as food and fresh water. I am talking, of course, about UNRWA.

People who have never heard this before think we’re making this up, so please read carefully and verify: 

It has long been clear that UNRWA–which deals solely with Palestinian refugees, while UNHCR bears responsibility for all other refugees on the planet–is a major obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace. Since, unlike UNHCR, it grants refugee status to the original refugees’ descendants in perpetuity, the number of Palestinian refugees has ballooned from under 700,000 in 1949 to over five million today, even as the world’s non-Palestinian refugee population has shrunk from over 100 million to under 30 million. Moreover, while UNHCR’s primary goal is to resettle refugees, UNRWA hasn’t resettled a single refugee in its history… It has thereby perpetuated and exacerbated the Palestinian refugee problem to the point where it has become the single greatest obstacle to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement… Unfortunately for the Syrians, it seems that many of the world’s self-proclaimed humanitarians prefer harming Israel to helping those who need it most. [Evelyn Gordon]

Last year, we asked [in a post called “5-Jun-12: If there’s one single thing about UNRWA that we wish people understood, it’s this] a question that, if it were to get an honest answer, might point to a genuine breakthrough in resolving our neighbourhood’s problems.

If (to borrow the laughable claims made by its many supporters) UNRWA’s work is so important, if it brings us closer to peace, if it restores dignity to the lives of dispossessed and destitute Arabs, then why, when you look at the top twenty list of donors to this agency that exists entirely from donations, do you see that only one is Arab (the Islamic Development Bank). What is it about UNRWA that the Arab states understand better than the nations and tax-payers of the West?

Allow us to restate this in a simpler way:

Arab leaders, many of whom preside over phenomenal cash resources, (a)  to the strange UN agency that exists specifically to support the most beloved cause that exists in the Arab world – the Palestinians. And (b) they fail to honour their pledges (as we noted above) to fund the one organization that can do something to relieve the genuine suffering of the Syrians, tens of thousands of whom have been killed in the past two years’ Arab-on-Arab fighting and millions of whom are now desperate to find shelter.

The role of rampant hypocrisy in explaining what happens in global politics is under-appreciated.

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  1. Sorry for deflecting but

    “As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge”

    Well, what motivated the two brothers from chechenia, far from home, according to Greenwald? And has Greenwald an expanded sympathy for them?

  2. Well, I won`t construct a connection between the chechen exile, favourably admitted as asylum seekers to the countries of the EU and the UNRWA.
    But the asyl system of the EU has brought together a lot of diverse sectarian from around the world.
    Just remember the leader of the Ennahda in Tunisia
    By the way, the German wikipedia is much more critical of this Islamist than the English version, and even the French, surprise.

  3. Rampant hypocricy indeed. There is so much hypocritical about the world’s treatment of everything to do with Israel and the issue of the Palestinian “refugees”.

    I have referred on this blog a number of times to the three “durable solutions” which the UN recommends for refugees – namely return, integration and re-settlement, and the fact that, uniquely amongst all the many tens of millions of refugees since the creation of the UN, the Palestinians have been denied the opportunity (by their very own Arab brethren with the connivance and support of the sainted UN itself) of integration and re-settlement and have insisted, to their own detriment on clinging to the fairy tale of a future when they can all “return” to where their grandparents once lived.

    It is a message that bears repeating, however.

  4. Labenal, many could return to the land their grandparents left when they came to the west bank of the Jordan in 1949 on the trail of the Jordanian army which dispossessed the Native Jews of Judea…Oops! No they can’t. The Hashemite dynasty the British put in place over their land won’t let them come home (to the Transjordan Palestine the League of Nations gave them in the 1920’s) because it would be bringing home the terrorist problem they created.

    • Sorry if I mistakenly gave the impression that I was accepting that every one of the 5 million or so “refugees” have ancestors that used to live in what is now Israel. Some of them undoubtedly did, but certainly not all, as you have pointed out. Thanks.

    • many could return to the land their grandparents left
      Oh dear. The old “land without a people” myth …

      Anyway: your point is that Arabs whose grandparents who born elsewhere should leave, whereas Jews whose grandparents who born elsewhere shouldn’t?

      • No Pretz, that is decidedly NOT what I mean.

        The many millions of Jews who became refugees in the 2nd half of the 20th Century, from European and Arab oppression, have all found lives for themselves. Some have chosen to settle in the land they fled to (one of the UN’s “durable solutions) and have, on the whole, been fully integrated into those societies (e.g. Israel, America and the UK). Others after some movement have re-settled in a third country (e.g. obviously Israel, but others have moved on elsewhere too) and become normal citizens of their new country. NONE have remained trapped in “refugee camps”, milked the world community for billions of dollars, and wept endlessly about their grandchildren’s rights to “return” to Poland, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Persia, Yugoslavia or the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

        That is NORMAL for ALL refugees. The ONLY refugees who have acted/been treated differently to this are the Palestinians. THAT is my point.

        • Said post was a response to Myriam Obadia.

          But as for what you’re saying: I find it pretty heartless of you to use terms like “milked” and “wept endlessly” when we’re talking about individual fates.
          Political figures are a different matter, of course.

          • Again, you have wilfully misquoted me. I said that the Jewish refugees have NOT “milked” or “wept endlessly”. I did not say that anyone has done so. I have consistently made it clear that I feel very much for the individuals who have found themselves trapped by history as eternal refugees. I place the blame entirely, however, on their leaders and the leaders of the Arab nations who have indeed “milked” the system and have indeed “wept endlessly” about the poverty and statelessness that they themselves have created for their people.

            • Be honest. You know what I mean. Clearly you were making allusions to Palestinian refugees.

              I have not “wilfully misquoted” you. Neither now, nor previously.

  5. just across Israel’s northern border
    “eastern border”, surely.

    Victimhood industry … undeserving beneficiaries … scam …
    The kind of language regularly seen used by bigots re. Jews and Israel.

    • Pretz. If we’re going to argue about geography, pick an ex-geography teacher. Surely the country across Israel’s “eastern border” is Jordan? Syria is decidedly to the North of Israel, and although there is another country there too (Lebanon) you cannot argue that Syria borders the North of Israel.

      I tell you what – let’s compromise. Shall we say it’s Israel’s “north-eastern border”?

        • Of ffs. Does it really matter that much? The border is in Israel’s north, FFS. Are you suggesting that “someone” has some sort of ulterior motive by misrepresenting Israel’s “north-eastern border” as its “northern border”? Who gives a flying fig.

        • Because to say, “The eastern bit of the northern border and the northern bit of the eastern border” is just too damned unwieldy.

          Here in the north of Israel we consider Syria to be “north.” If someone says “eastern border” we think of Jordan.

  6. Think about this.
    There are no Jewish refugees with one small country, yet the Arabs have millions of refugees with 22 countries including some of the largest countries in the world.
    Now add to that another 1.5 million Syrian refugees in the last 2 years
    I guess the refugee business is good for the Arabs and the billions their getting in aid.

    • I guess the refugee business is good for the Arabs

      What a horrible and bigoted statement.

      • How is that bigoted? UNRWA and Palestinian leaders are in cahoots with the PSC and ISM to perpetuate Palestinian “victimhood” when all this could be a thing of the past if the Arab world made at least a non-aggression pact with their Jewish neighbour.

        One analogy is with the benefits culture, decried in the UK, which has people remaining on benefits when they could in theory work, because benefits pay out more.

        Well, I resent paying out to Palestinians whose leaders make no secret of wanting to murder Jews, when Saudi could solve the problem from its small change drawer

  7. – Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East analyst and commentator


    “Even amidst the violent attacks launched against us for months past, we call upon the sons of the Arab people dwelling in Israel to keep the peace and to play their part in building the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent.

    “We extend the hand of peace and good-neighborliness to all the States around us and to their people, and we call upon them to cooperate in mutual helpfulness with the independent Jewish nation in its Land. The State of Israel is prepared to make its contribution in a concerted effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.”

    – David Ben-Gurion, in Israel’s Proclamation of Independence, read on May 14, 1948, moments before the 6 surrounding Arab armies, trained and armed by the British, invaded the day-old Jewish microstate, with the stated goal of extermination.

    “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, THEY ABANDONED THEM, FORCED THEM TO EMIGRATE AND TO LEAVE THEIR HOMELAND, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe, as if we were condemned to change places with them; they moved out of their ghettos and we occupied similar ones. The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as a unified people until the States of the world did so, and this is regrettable”.

    – by Abu Mazen, from the article titled: “What We Have Learned and What We Should Do”, published in Falastin el Thawra, the official journal of the PLO, of Beirut, in March 1976

    “The first group of our fifth column consists of those who abandon their houses and businesses and go to live elsewhere. . . . At the first sign of trouble they take to their heels to escape sharing the burden of struggle.”

    – Ash Shalab (Jaffa newspaper), January 30, 1948

    “The Arab streets are curiously deserted and, ardently following the poor example of the more moneyed class there has been an exodus from Jerusalem too, though not to the same extent as in Jaffa and Haifa.”

    – London Times, May 5, 1948

    “The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long, and that they would return within a week or two. Their leaders had promised them that the Arab armies would crush the ‘Zionist gangs’ very quickly and that there was no need for panic or fear of a long exile.”

    – Monsignor George Hakim, Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, in the Beirut newspaper Sada al Janub, August 16, 1948

    “Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the -Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit.. . . It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.”

    – The London weekly Economist, October 2, 1948

    “It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the refugees’ flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.”

    – Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station, Cyprus, April 3, 1949

    “This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arab press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.”

    – Edward Atiyah (then Secretary of the Arab League Office in London) in The Arabs (London, 1955), p. 183

    “The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by order of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city…By withdrawing Arab workers their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa.”.

    – Time, May 3, 1948, p. 25

    The Arab exodus, initially at least, was encouraged by many Arab leaders, such as Haj Amin el Husseini, the exiled pro-Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, and by the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine. They viewed the first wave of Arab setbacks as merely transitory. Let the Palestine Arabs flee into neighboring countries. It would serve to arouse the other Arab peoples to greater effort, and when the Arab invasion struck, the Palestinians could return to their homes and be compensated with the property of Jews driven into the sea.

    – Kenneth Bilby, in New Star in the Near East (New York, 1950), pp. 30-31

    I do not want to impugn anybody but only to help the refugees. The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing Partition and the Jewish State. The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem, [Daily Telegraph, September 6, 19481

    – Emil Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, the official leadership of the Palestinian Arabs, in the Beirut newspaper, Daily Telegraph, September 6, 1948

    The Arab States encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.

    – Falastin (Jordanian newspaper), February 19, 1949

    We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.

    – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said, quoted in Sir Am Nakbah (“The Secret Behind the Disaster”) by Nimr el Hawari, Nazareth, 1952

    The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade. . . . He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean. . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down.

    – Habib Issa, Secretary General of the Arab League (Azzam Pasha’s successor), in the newspaper Al Hoda, June 8, 1951

    Some of the Arab leaders and their ministers in Arab capitals . . . declared that they welcomed the immigration of Palestinian Arabs into the Arab countries until they saved Palestine. Many of the Palestinian Arabs were misled by their declarations…. It was natural for those Palestinian Arabs who felt impelled to leave their country to take refuge in Arab lands . . . and to stay in such adjacent places in order to maintain contact with their country so that to return to it would be easy when, according to the promises of many of those responsible in the Arab countries (promises which were given wastefully), the time was ripe. Many were of the opinion that such an opportunity would come in the hours between sunset and sunrise.

    – Arab Higher Committee, in a memorandum to the Arab League, Cairo, 1952, quoted in The Refugee in the World, by Joseph B. Schechtman, 1963

    “The Arab governments told us: Get out so that we can get in. So we got out, but they did not get in.”

    – from the Jordan daily Ad Difaa, September 6, 1954

    “The Arab civilians panicked and fled ignominiously. Villages were frequently abandoned before they were threatened by the progress of war.”

    – General Glubb Pasha, in the London Daily Mail on August 12, 1948

    “The Arab exodus from other villages was not caused by the actual battle, but by the exaggerated description spread by Arab leaders to incite them to fight the Jews”

    – Yunes Ahmed Assad, refugee from the town of Deir Yassin, in Al Urdun, April 9, 1953

    “[The Arabs of Haifa] fled in spite of the fact that the Jewish authorities guaranteed their safety and rights as citizens of Israel.”

    – Monsignor George Hakim, Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, according to Rev. Karl Baehr, Executive Secretary of the American Christian Palestine Committee, New York Herald Tribune, June 30, 1949

    “Every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay and carry on with their normal lives, to get their shops and businesses open and to be assured that their lives and interests will be safe. [However] …A large road convoy, escorted by [British] military . . . left Haifa for Beirut yesterday. . . . Evacuation by sea goes on steadily. …[Two days later, the Jews were] still making every effort to persuade the Arab populace to remain and to settle back into their normal lives in the towns… [as for the Arabs,] another convoy left Tireh for Transjordan, and the evacuation by sea continues. The quays and harbor are still crowded with refugees and their household effects, all omitting no opportunity to get a place an one of the boats leaving Haifa.””

    – Haifa District HQ of the British Police, April 26, 1948, quoted in Battleground by Samuel Katz

    “The Arabs did not want to submit to a truce they rather preferred to abandon their homes, their belongings and everything they possessed in the world and leave the town. This is in fact what they did.”

    – Jamal Husseini, Acting Chairman of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee, told to the United Nations Security Council, quoted in the UNSC Official Records (N. 62), April 23, 1948, p. 14

    “the military and civil authorities and the Jewish representative expressed their profound regret at this grave decision [to evacuate]. The [Jewish] Mayor of Haifa made a passionate appeal to the delegation to reconsider its decision”

    – The Arab National Committee of Haifa, told to the Arab League, quoted in The Refugee in the World, by Joseph B. Schechtman, 1963

    “…our city flourished and developed for the good of both Jewish and Arab residents … Do not destroy your homes with your own hands; do not bring tragedy upon yourselves by unnecessary evacuation and self-imposed burdens. By moving out you will be overtaken by poverty and humiliation. But in this city, yours and ours, Haifa, the gates are open for work, for life, and for peace, for you and your families.”

    The Haifa Workers’ Council bulletin, 28 April 1948

    “…the Jewish hagana asked (using loudspeakers) Arabs to remain at their homes but the most of the Arab population followed their leaders who asked them to leave the country.”

    The TIMES of London, reporting events of 22.4.48

    ” The existence of these refugees is a direct result of the Arab States’ opposition to the partition plan and the reconstitution of the State of Israel. The Arab states adopted this policy unanimously, and the responsibility of its results, therefore is theirs.

    …The flight of Arabs from the territory allotted by the UN for the Jewish state began immediately after the General Assembly decision at the end of November 1947. This wave of emigration, which lasted several weeks, comprised some thirty thousand people, chiefly well-to-do-families.”

    – Emil Ghory, secretary of the Arab High Council, Lebanese daily Al-Telegraph, 6 Sept 1948

    “Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.”

    – Haled al Azm, the Syrian Prime Minister in 1948-49, The Memoirs of Haled al Azm, (Beirut, 1973), Part 1, pp. 386-387

    “Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of refugees… while it is we who made them to leave… We brought disaster upon… Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave… We have rendered them dispossessed… We have accustomed them to begging… We have participated in lowering their moral and social level… Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson, and throwing bombs upon… men, women and children – all this in service of political purposes…”

    – Khaled al Azm, Syria’s Prime Minister after the 1948 war [note: same person as above]

    “As early as the first months of 1948 the Arab League issued orders exhorting the people to seek a temporary refuge in neighboring countries, later to return to their abodes in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and obtain their share of abandoned Jewish property.” – bulletin of The Research Group for European Migration Problems, 1957

    One morning in April 1948, Dr. Jamal woke us to say that the Arab Higher Committee (AHC), led by the Husseinis, had warned Arab residents of Talbieh to leave immediately. The understanding was that the residents would be able to return as conquerors as soon as the Arab forces had thrown the Jews out. Dr. Jamal made the point repeatedly that he was leaving because of the AHC’s threats, not because of the Jews, and that he and his frail wife had no alternative but to go.

  8. You got to love the mentality of the Arabs.
    These are the people the Guardian and BBC supports.

    Richard Henry Meinertzhagen, a British Middle East expert asked a fellow Arab dinner guest at the home of a British diplomat, “Why do not you Arabs, with all your resources from oil, do something for those wretched refugees from Palestine?”

    The Lebanese replied, “Good God, do you really think we are going to destroy the finest propaganda we possess? It’s a gold mine!”

    When Meinertzhagen observed that this view was unkind and immoral, the Lebanese replied, “They are just human rubbish, but a political gold mine!”

    In slightly different language referring to the same attitude about the usefulness of Palestinian refugee camps, Meinertzhagen notes in his book, “I received identical views from other Arabs.”

  9. Interesting Palestinian refugees are not from Palestine they are from Mars and why don’t they just go to Venus – I know men are from Mars and Women from Venus – perhaps it would be better if men went to Venus and Women to Mars than in a few generations there would be no Palestinians left what a good idea. Zionism at its best.. Genocide without killing a single person.

    • We know that the so-called “palestinians” are mostly Egyptians, Syrians and various other assorted Arabs who either came to the Land of Israel to work in the burgeoning Jewish economy, so they could surely go back to those assorted lands, and of course, since a “palestinian” refugee only had to be in Israel for two years to qualify as a “refugee,” plenty of other Arabs who had never set foot in Israel claimed to be “refugees” in order to get on the gravy train. And there they have remained, milking the world for their living and whining about how terrible everything is.

  10. Provo.
    PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews
    PA’s principal religious leader presents the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal.
    Elad Benari

    73% of Palestinians Believe Jews Should Be Killed Wherever They Hide
    Jim Hoft
    July 16, 2011,

    Hamas MP: A Palestinian Who Kills One Jew Will Be Rewarded As If He Killed 30 Million

    Hamas Cleric Calls for Extermination of Jews
    Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
    April 19, 2009

    Following the murderous terrorist attack on Kibbutz Metzer in 2002, the PLO cold-bloodedly stated on its official website, “We will continue to strike in any place, targeting their children as well.” Five innocent Israelis, including a mother and her two little boys, were butchered in that attack, all of them, Fatah said, “Zionist colonizers” killed in a “qualitative operation in the settlement of Metzer.”

    Here’s how the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida headlined its coverage: “Five Israelis killed in an attack on the settlement Metzer.” The report continued, “A Palestinian infiltrated the settlement Metzer and opened fire on the settlers.” It is not well known that the Palestinian press frequently refers to towns in Israel, such as Holon and Kiryat Shmona, as “settlements.” Besides implying that all of Israel is an illegitimate colonial outpost, such references clearly are brought to justify the killings and distinguish them from terrorism.

    After the Tel Aviv massacre on January 12th 2003, where 2 Palestinian homicide bombers massacred 23 Israeli civilians. The PLO web site posted a statement — celebrating the attacks:
    “With faith in the calling of holy jihad,” it said, “two suicide attackers . . . succeeded this evening to infiltrate the Zionist roadblocks and to enter the heart of . . . Tel Aviv and carried out two consecutive suicide attacks… These suicide attacks caused a large number of fatalities and casualties in the center of the Zionist occupation of our land. We swear before our people that additional suicide operations will occur.”
    That is a view with which much of Arab opinion concurs. ArabicNews.com, for example, datelined its story on the Tel Aviv attack “Palestine-Israel,” and reported that the bombings had killed “23 Israeli settlers.”

    One day after the Ramallah lynching of two Israelis, Ahmad Abu Halabiya, a member of the PA-appointed Fatwa Council, called on listeners to find and butcher Jews “no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them.”

  11. Barry would it not be more appropriate to look who is doing rather than blame the victim by saying they will do it to me – Of course they will retaliate to you murdering them – that does not make them murderers

    Ilan Pappe an Israeli historian from Haifa records

    Nothing apart from pressure in the form of sanctions, boycotts and divestment will stop the murdering of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip. There is nothing we here in Israel can do against it. Brave pilots refused to partake in the operations, two journalists – out of 150 – do not cease to write about it, but this is it. In the name of the holocaust memory let us hope the world would not allow the genocide of Gaza to continue.

    Ilan Pappe is senior lecturer in the University of Haifa Department of political Science and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa. His books include among others The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (London and New York 1992), The Israel/Palestine Question (London and New York 1999), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge 2003), The Modern Middle East (London and New York 2005) and forthcoming, Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006)

  12. Here is

    Plan Dalet, or Plan D, (Hebrew: תוכנית ד’‎, Tokhnit dalet) was a plan worked out by the Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary group, the main Zionist underground militia, in Palestine in March 1948. It was the fourth (dalet, ד , the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet), and final version of less substantial plans that had outlined what the Zionists had in mind for Palestine and its native population. Its purpose is much debated. The plan was a set of guidelines[1] the stated purpose of which was to take control of the territory of the Jewish state and to defend its borders and people, including the Jewish population outside of the borders, in expectation of an invasion by regular Arab armies.[2] According to the Israeli Yehoshafat Harkabi, “Plan Dalet” called for the conquest of Arab towns and villages inside and along the borders of the area allocated to the proposed Jewish State – according to the UN Partition Plan.[3] In case of resistance, the population of conquered villages was to be expelled outside the borders of the Jewish state. If no resistance was met, the residents could stay put, under military rule.[4][5][6]

    Whichever you look at it it was part of ethnic cleansing whether defensive or not –

  13. For many people forced from their homes, a voluntary return home in safety and dignity marks the successful end to the trauma. Of the other “durable solutions” that UNHCR seeks for refugees, only a minority have the opportunity to be resettled to third countries or to be locally integrated into their host societies. Over the years, UNHCR has managed numerous large-scale voluntary repatriation programmes that brought many millions of refugees home. In Afghanistan alone, some 5 million refugees have returned with UNHCR assistance since 2002. But UNHCR offices also assist with many small-scale – and even individual repatriations – of refugees and internally displaced people on a routine basis. Where necessary and possible, UNHCR offices in the receiving country also assist and monitor their reintegration to ensure the repatriation was a sustainable solution.

    Palestinian refugees remain the longest enduring refugee problem because Israel refuses to allow Palestinians the right of return.

    • No Provo. The vast majority of refugees since the creation of the UN have not “returned home”. Most have integrated or re-settled. You are correct that there have been many voluntary repatriations too, but the key word here is “voluntary”. Both the refugee and the receiving country have to volunteer. This is not, and cannot be forced on either party.

      The only reason the “Palestinian refugees remain the longest enduring refugee problem” is because their Arab brethren treat them as human trash, refuse to allow them citizenship of the countries they have lived in for decades, and keep them subjugated so as to score political points against the “Zionist entity”. You, Provo, have bought into this entirely.

      A pity you are so blind that you cannot see the huge misery piled on these poor people by those who they turned to naively for help some 65 years ago.

    • Provo,
      Clearly you haven’t bothered to look up repatriation in the dictionary. By the way, how many Indians have been “repatriated” to Pakistan?

    • No, fool.

      They do so because it suits the Arab world, and useful idiots like you who are codependent with them, to keep them in underdog status so as to deflect from the heinous human rights and other records in Arab/Muslim countries, particularly against women, and to give you a specious, self-righteous glow and utterly misguided impression that you are doing them good.

      You are not, and neither are their Muslim brethren. Between you, you are killing their hope for normal lives and supporting their corrupt leadership in its education of their little children to want to die while killing Jews. Any nation which thinks so little of its children that it in effect renders them disposable, and of their mothers, will die out eventually.

      You are an execrable excuse for a human being.