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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

'Palestinians' to be re-settled in other countries?

Now here's an idea whose time has come.

The JPost reports on a cross-party parliamentary caucus in the Knesset whose goal is to work with UNRWA to re-settle 'Palestinian refugees' and their descendants (and purported descendants) in other countries.
The move came amid a groundswell of parliamentary activity around the world, including in the US and Canada, to reroute funding from UNRWA - the UN body that deals with Palestinian refugees and their descendants - toward the resettlement of some of the refugees and their descendants in other countries.

The new lobby, which is chaired by MKs Amira Dotan (Kadima) and Benny Elon (NU/NRP), is made up of parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, including lawmakers from Labor, the Likud and Shas.

No Arab MKs have joined the caucus so far, although all non-ministerial members of the Knesset were invited to do so.

"I am not trying to change the Palestinian narrative, but to alter the state of mind of the refugees and their descendants," Dotan said at the inaugural meeting of the Caucus for the Rehabilitation of Palestinian Refugees.

"We have to see how we can work with UNRWA - not against UNRWA - on this issue," she said.
Not that I expect anyone outside Israel to join in this move, but at least it means that Israel may stop defeating itself on this issue. This country's history includes David Ben Gurion agreeing to Arab laborers staying here permanently and Moshe Dayan ordering the Israeli flag removed from the Temple Mount and begging the Mukhtar of Hebron not to leave when the latter asked for 24 hours to evacuate in 1967. The very fact that Israelis in a position of power are actually willing to stop preaching guilt and start trying to do something constructive is major progress in my book.


At 9:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Expand that to include Arabs in Israel. With the right incentives - many would leave. And it would have the benefit of eliminating an on-going security risk as well as a minority that cannot be integrated into the Jewish State.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Naftali2 said...

Just a second. Are you saying there is a move to change the funding or remove the funding for the UNRWA? And this is coming from other countries too? Could you clarify this?

Because nothing changes policy like changes in funding.

At 11:05 PM, Blogger heroyalwhyness said...

Ditto what naftali2 said.

Requesting links confirming cessation of UNRWA funding

At 6:30 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

What can we do to make sure they are not resettled in the US?

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Naftali2 and Heroyalwhyness,

In the post, I linked to a video of 'Palestinians' who were resettled in Chile. I don't know what other countries have taken the position that 'Palestinians' should be resettled outside of this region (and I suspect most countries in the West won't want them). But there are certainly lawmakers in other countries who would be happy to see the festering sore of the 'Palestinians' removed from the world agenda once and for all.


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