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Sunday, September 21, 2014

How could a Bedouin be a refugee?

Silly me, I thought that Bedouins were nomads. If that's the case, how could they ever have had homes from which they could be 'refugees'?

But UNRWA is threatening Israel over a plan to move Bedouin from the area of E1 - between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim - to the Jericho area, which is further east.
"If such a plan were implemented this would ... give rise to concerns that it amounts to a 'forcible transfer' in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention" banning involuntary population relocation in occupied territory, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl said.
"It might also make way for further Israeli illegal settlement expansion, further compromising the viability of a two-state solution," he said in a statement. "I urge the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the transfer...and I also urge the donor and state community to take a firm stand against it."
UNRWA added that most of those slated for resettlement to Jericho, in the east of the Palestinian Authority territory, were registered Palestinian refugees.
The IDF Civil Administration said there were various plans to rehouse Bedouin and they were being conducted in consultation with community leaders. "As part of the effort to draft master plans for the benefit of the area's Bedouin population, whose purpose is to enable the Bedouin to live in places with suitable infrastructure, dozens of meetings were held with Bedouin leaders," the Administration said in a written response to AFP"Several plans to prepare such places have been advanced, partly through such meetings."
 Why don't I hear any Bedouin protesting this plan? Hmmm.

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At 2:48 PM, Blogger Neshama said...

ISIL will make sure there is no TWO STATE SOLUTION. UNRWA is insane. And Israel should just do whatever it deems in its best interests. If they want an ally in the Middle East, i.e. Levant, they had better side with Israel and not the beduin.


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