The BBC presenter, in his final thoughts on the problem, opines that for Palestinians, living in camps in Lebanon and Jordan, their refugee status is the only thing they possess. However, a Palestinian hope based on a right (of return) they don’t have, and on a future vision of life (in Israel) that will never be brought to fruition, is not a possession. It’s a handicap, and a cynical formula for perpetuating Palestinian victimhood that continues to be amplified and legitimized by media outlets like the BBC.
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.
The Palestinian “refugee” problem is an issue this blog has explored on quite a few occasions, often in the context of pointing out UK media errors relating to the true number of actual […]
Giles Fraser focused his efforts while writing his latest Guardian column, published on Sept. 6 (the second day of the Jewish New Year), on what Guardian contributors do best: lecturing Israelis on […]
On Aug. 20th we posted about a report at The Telegraph by their Middle East correspondent, Robert Tait, which grossly inflated the number of Palestinian Arab refugees from the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli war. Here’s […]
The Arab-Israeli War of 1948-49 produced around 711,000 Palestinian Arab refugees, according to official records. (To provide some context to this figure, there were roughly 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries between […]
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 […]
The UN has two bodies which deal with refugees. The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which deals with all the world’s refugees and UNRWA, which deals only with those who became Palestinians. […]
Veteran Israeli journalist Ben Dror Yamini has written extensively on the subject of the treatment of Palestinian refugees in Arab countries. This article (translated by CiF Watch) was published on June 22nd 2012 […]
Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood obsesses, imputes racism, over Israeli construction of detention facility
A guest post by Anne, who blogs at Anne’s Opinions Last week the Guardian slaked its anti-Israel obsession with an article written by Phoebe Greenwood focusing on a proposed detention center for […]
H/T Margie This video was produced by the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister’s Office and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with StandWithUs. Related articles The Truth about the West Bank […]
H/T Margie and Elder Those who are truly liberal, and genuinely seek peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and thus support a two-state solution in hopes of finally ending the bloody conflict, […]
H/T Margie and Medusa (Though this essay, by Sarah Elshazly, was first published in 2004, her passionate, and quite heterodox polemic – on Israel, the Arab world, and root of the Palestinian […]
This is cross posted by Eldad Tzioni at NewsRealBlog Here’s the latest on Palestinian refugees from The Guardian: In a crowded room in Aida refugee camp, Abu Khalil sipped sweet tea before […]
A guest post by AKUS On Dec. 26, the Washington Post reported: ‘Octomom’ faces eviction from Southern Calif. home. For those not familiar with the “Octomom”, the reference is to Nadya Denise […]
This is a guest post by Bataween of Point of No Return Saeb Erekat, where have you been? We have missed your jovial, suntanned, American-accented appearances on TV. Was your finest hour […]
This is a cross post by Wales-based historian Professor William Rubinstein, at the blog, Daphne Anson What a surprising number of people, even those who are highly sympathetic to Israel, fail to […]
A guest post by AKUS It is possible that on Sunday, August 22, a ship (incorrectly named a “flotilla” in most media accounts) will set sail from Lebanon for Gaza? Attempts have […]
Frozen in Time, Addicted to Pity (What the mainstream media will never tell you about the Palestinian “refugee” issue)
(This essay by Robert Fulford, writing in the National Post, is required reading for anyone who truly wants to understand the political dynamics which keep the Palestinian “refugee” myths going strong.) Refugees? […]