There are good humanitarian-based arguments for maintaining current UNRWA funding until a long-term solution can be found, but there can be no serious argument to maintain the fiction that there are over 5 million actual Palestinian refugees and that these non-refugees of Palestinian descent should be “repatriated” to a place they never once stepped foot.
Most the world’s actual refugees today are from three war-torn countries – Syria (4.9 million), Afghanistan (2.7 million) and Somalia (1.1 million). Perhaps the reason why Anish Kapoor didn’t mention Palestine when he spoke out against “abhorrent government policies” towards refugees is because he broadly knows these figures, and understands intuitively that there are relatively few actual Palestinian refugees in the world.
“Have you noticed how Arab nationalism can never be held solely responsible for the ethnic cleansing of the Middle East’s minorities”?, asks Point of No Return, a blog about Jewish refugees from […]
Cross posted at Point of No Return, the blog about the Middle East’s forgotten Jewish refugees Do you have a compelling story to tell about the Jews who fled Arab or Muslim countries […]
The Guardian asks if 4.9 million Palestinian “refugees” will “return” to cities…where they never lived.
Those who get their news from the mainstream media (or the Guardian) could be forgiven for believing that there are nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees from the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli War. So often is […]
It’s one thing to re-write history, but quite another to pretend as if a major historical event – involving a well-documented case of ethnic cleansing – never occurred. A July 25th edition […]
One of the more insidious elements of the BDS movement is the supremely dishonest racial narrative which suggests, in varying degrees of explicitness, that Zionism is a racist movement in which ‘white’ […]
An AP story written by Bouzza Ben Bouzza, and published by the Guardian on April 27, entitled ‘Jews ease back into Tunisia for famed pilgrimage‘, reports on a three-day Jewish pilgrimage (which […]
The following was written by Bataween, and originally published on April 7 at ‘Point of No Return‘ – a blog about Middle East’s forgotten Jewish refugees. On the eve of Yom HaShoah, Israel’s […]
H/T Margie On Oct. 31, ‘Comment is Free’ published an interesting open thread titled ‘Which leftwing (or rightwing) articles of faith bother you?‘ There were some interesting ideas among the more than […]
The following essay (originally published at the Jerusalem Post) was written by Michelle Huberman, Creative Director of ‘Harif‘: an Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. Landmark news [last] week: […]
A guest post by Lyn Julius, co-founder of Harif: a UK association representing Jews from North Africa and the Middle East, and dedicated to promoting their history, culture and heritage Not only has the […]
This is cross posted by Bataween at the blog, Point of No Return If there was an Oscar awarded for ‘chutzpah’ (cheek), Nushin Arbabzadah’s article yesterday on the Guardian ‘s website Comment is Free would probably […]
The blog Point of No Return, dedicated to the memory of Jewish refugees from Arab lands, aptly states: In just 50 years, almost a million Jews, whose communities stretch back up to 3,000 […]
H/T Lyn and Just Journalism I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of Israel’s leading wine makers, Eli Ben-Zaken. Ben-Zaken’s family lived in Cairo for generations but was forced to […]
There was something rich about UNRWA spokesperson Chris Guinness’ comment about unemployment in Gaza, (“Gaza jobless rate at 45% five years after full blockade imposed“, Guardian/Reuters, June 14): “It is hard to […]
After reading Pankaj Mishra’s CiF piece, “In India and Israel, the burden of protest falls on the victims of injustice, CiF, June 6), which noted that some of the descendants of Palestinians […]
Imagine how the Algerian government would respond if descendants of the 140,000 innocent Jews who were forced to flee that country after 1948 decided to storm the Algerian border. How would Egypt […]
This is cross posted by Bataween at Point of No Return This morning, I found myself nodding in agreement with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, whose column in The Independent was titled ‘Stop blaming Israel for every grievance in […]
Elder of Ziyon again has a great scoop – another “Palestine Paper” the Guardian chose to bury. This document demonstrates that, in 2008, the PLO wrote a paper describing the legal rights of […]