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Thursday, April 17, 2008

After 60 years, someone steps up to the plate

Chile has done - on a small scale - what the Arab countries should have done sixty years ago. It is accepting some 117 'Palestinians' for asylum in Chile. In fact, if this report is accurate, Chile has accepted many more 'Palestinians' over the years. Imagine if for the last sixty years, the Arab countries had treated the outcome of Israel's 1948 War of Independence as a population exchange and resettled the 'Palestinians' much as Israel resettled Jews from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Morocco and other countries. Instead, the Arab countries have kept the 'Palestinians' imprisoned in 'refugee camps' and have not allowed them to assimilate into the local population, all out of hatred for the 'infidels' of Israel.

The world owes Chile a debt of gratitude. If other countries stepped up like Chile has, UNRWA would have been out of business a long time ago, and the countries of this region would have had a chance of putting the events of sixty years ago behind them.

Let's go to the videotape (surprisingly, from al-Jazeera).


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