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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Elephant in the Room: Right of Return for "Palestinians"

Nadene Goldfoot
The elephant in the room seems to be the "right of return of Palestinian refugees."   The creation of a state of Palestine has this to deal with.  Already there seems to be 5 million refugees which have grown considerably since 1948.  The problem is that their descendants are also being counted.

The shock of it all is that the original Arab refugees  did not take advantage of the newly created Israel who begged the people not to flee at the creation of their state, but to stay.  Those that stayed became citizens of Israel.  Those who listened to their leaders left and wound up in refugee camps.  These people were being used as pawns in the game of Chess.  They were manipulations to pull the strings against Israel.  "See what you have done?  These poor people must live in these filthy camps!"  was the message given to the world.

All the while, there were Jews living in Arab countries at the same time.  At the creation of Israel, Arab leaders  told the Jews they must leave and had very little time to do it.  Whether they wanted to or not, they moved to Israel.  Israel didn't put them in refugee camps.  They made accommodations for them and took them into the fold, for that was really what Israel was created for.  Enough of this business of being kicked out of countries because they were the scapegoat for all the world's ills.  These Jews lost their businesses and their wealth in the move, but were not a burden for the UN.

"There were about 92,300 Arabs in the primarily Jewish -settled area in 1893 which could have increased naturally by 1947 to as much as 249,000 and little more.  Instead,  the Arab population there had grown into 462,900, 5 times as many Arab inhabitants by 1947 in the Jewish-settled areas as in 1893.  Something had happened to the math.  In other words, by the most conservative calculation, 170,000 Arab immigrants were never recorded by the government, were never figured into the political equations, and yet they had moved in".  Joan Peters, in her book "From Time Immemorial" shows in her 601 page book how the numbers were manipulated and incorrect to start off with.  But never mind that.  This isn't even the main issue today.

The issue is that for 64 years Palestinian Arabs have been living off UNRWA and have never worked for their money and the United States are the ones paying most of  this money out.  They could have found residence in 22 adjoining states that are Muslim, but the chess game never formulated rules to allow such a move.  Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois wants to put an end to it as the USA is in the red and can't afford such assistance anymore. After all, we're borrowing money from China to do this, and we are obligated to pay it back with interest!     Senator Leahy, also trying to balance the USA budget has discovered one of the refugee camps in Jordan by the name of Baqa and is quite upset by it.  80,000 people live in there and are indistinguishable from the locals, living in residential homes, have stores and markets, office buildings, schools, hospitals, just like America has. The Baqa refugees are all for Al-Qaeda, the terrorists..  Here they are getting the USA aid and 67% of Jordanians blame the West for their lack of "prosperity" and support suicide bombings against us.  Leahy asks if it is in our national interest to keep plowing money into UNRWA.

UNRWA has a 1.23 billion dollar biennial budget, but there is no ceiling on when a refugee's time is up.  Five million are on the dole now and the fear is that there will be fifty million sooner or later.  What is this?  A protection racket like in the 20's?

In the meantime, the King of Jordan had 1.5 billion dollars to build the Red Sea Astrarium, but they can't lend a hand to get the refugees on their own feet.  That's not an expense our budget likes to see.  We also have had our own problems, such as our city of New Orleans during the hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 with 70,000 jobs lost due to that and 15,000 to 20,000 people in the Superdome who had lost their homes.  They were also displaced.  

This refugee problem is also a thorn in the side of the 2 state solution or even a 1 state solution.  Another solution has been to make Jordan the Palestinian state but the king has nixed that as well.  Someone way back when should have laid down ground rules.  You are a refugee for 4 years and that's it.  A committee should have been formed to get them a home and another to become employed.

The refugee problem came about due to war, and the families involved made the choice to listen to the wrong leaders.  They have carried this refugee business into their grandchildren and possibly great grandchildren, making them also refugees.  The UN is culpable of aid and abetting this condition.  It's like people who help the alcoholic to get that drink they want.  We're a people ready and eager to help in time of need, but not ready and eager to keep people in such a state forever.  Shame on UNRWA!

FrontPage Magazine: by Daniel Greenfield
From Time Immemorial-the origins of the Arab-Jewish conflict over Palestine by Joan Peters 

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