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Refugee Definition Promotes Conflict by Michael Rubin

To understand how dangerous it is to accept an expansive, political definition of refugees, consider India: The 1947 partition of India created about 14.5 million refugees, as those born in what became Pakistan fled to India and vice versa. At a 2002 speech at Hebrew University, Bernard Lewis suggested that applying the same definition to refugees created by the partition of India that UNRWA and the State Department apply to refugees created by the partition of Palestine meant that there existed 140 million refugees in South Asia. Today, that might equate to 170 million refugees or so. Had the international community adopted the same strategy in South Asia that it does in the Levant, this would guarantee the impossibility of any peace and reconciliation.

 

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Kofi Annan’s Test by Elliott Abrams

This week is a test for the former Secretary-General. He may be remembered for this sorry turn in Syria–or for demanding that governments face the truth and help the people of Syria put an end to the murderous Assad regime.

 

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Status Update [on Palestinian refugees] by Jonathan Schanzer

Status Update [on Palestinian refugees] by Jonathan Schanzer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

UNRWA's time to defend itself has unquestionably arrived. The Kirk amendment would require the secretary of state to report to Congress on how many Palestinians serviced by UNRWA are true refugees from wars past -- those who could prove that they were personally displaced. That number is believed to be closer to 30,000 people. This new tally would then become the focus of America's assistance to UNRWA for refugee issues.

 

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[UN] Theater of the Absurd by Danny Ayalon

[UN] Theater of the Absurd by Danny Ayalon | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Israel will continue to cooperate with U.N. inquiries whose mandate does not already confer guilt even before the investigation begins, like the recent UNHRC inquiry and the now-discredited Goldstone Commission have done. As it is, the attacks on Israel are merely a symptom of the malaise that afflicts the Human Rights Council -- but what can one expect out of a body that is made up of some of the least free countries on the planet?

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A threat for seeking U.N.accountability by Jennifer Rubin

t is not only UNRWA that is trying to inflate the refugee problem, but also the State Department, which apparently thinks having millions of Palestinians claiming the right of return is the way to peace in the Middle East. Well, if you think settlements are the root of the Israeli — Palestinian conflict I guess you’ll believe anything.

 

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Is the U.N. making the Palestinian ‘refugee’ problem worse? by Jennifer Rubin

The “right of return” might become a far more discrete problem, and UNRWA’s refugee-expanding operation (now humming along with a budget of about $600 million per year) might be cut down to proper size. Perhaps eliminating the “liaison” office in D.C. is a good place to start since lobbying isn’t allowed anyway.

 

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The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem by Clifford D. May

The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem by Clifford D. May | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

UNRWA’s plan is to continue expanding — rather than shrinking — the Palestinian refugee population ad infinitum. According to UNHCR projections, by 2030 UNRWA’s refugee list will reach 8.5 million. By 2060 there will be 25 times the number registered by UNRWA in 1950 — even though not one of those who actually left Israel is likely to still be breathing. But, of course, that’s the goal: The descendants of those displaced more than 60 years ago — when the first offer of what we’ve come to call a “two-state solution” was rejected — are being used as pawns to prevent a two-state solution now or in the future. UNRWA is helping the extremists to prevent peace and continue to wage a war of annihilation against Israel.

 

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