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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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Count Palestine Refugees? by Daniel Pipes

Count Palestine Refugees? by Daniel Pipes | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel, I have long argued, lies not in disputes over Jerusalem, checkpoints, or "settlements." Rather, it concerns the so-called Palestine refugees. Through all of Israel's 64-year existence, one American president after another has resolved to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, yet every one of them ignored the ugliest aspect of this confrontation – the purposeful exploitation of a refugee issue to challenge the very existence of the Jewish state. Bravo to Senator Kirk and his staff for the wisdom and courage to begin the effort to address unpleasant realities, initiating a change that finally goes to the heart of the conflict.

 

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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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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.

 

• Is the U.N. making the Palestinian ‘refugee’ problem worse? by Jennifer Rubin http://t.co/ligzMYGK

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Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

During various efforts and talks in pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, negotiators have overlooked an important element pertaining to the Arab-Israeli conflict - the uprooting of around 850,000 Jews living in Arab nations, the loss of their assets and property, and the difficulties they underwent upon migrating to Israel and their absorption. Close to half of Israel's Jewish citizen's today, including their descendents, came from Arab countries. Thus during the attempt to resolve the conflict through a political process, which will resume at some point in the future, this issue should be expanded, raised to the forefront, and addressed from every angle.

 

• Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://bit.ly/IVwimE

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