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How many refugees?

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On his blog Pressure Points, Elliot Abrams points out the bizarre way the U.N. defines Palestinian “refugees”:

More than a third of Palestinian “refugees” in Jordan were born after 1997. That is either thirty years (if after the 1967 war) or almost fifty years (if they fled when Israel was established in 1948) after their parents or more likely grandparents arrived in Jordan. Those in Jordan have full Jordanian citizenship and vote in Jordan, which means this: a young Jordanian of Palestinian origin, whose family has lived in Jordan for thirty years and who has himself or herself always lived in Jordan, is still considered a “refugee.”

This is bizarre, and the new statistics are a reminder of the unique definition applied to Palestinian “refugees.” For every other category of refugees in the world, the 1951 UN Convention on the status of refugees clearly applies to the refugee only and not subsequent generations. This is the definition used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees today. Only in the Palestinian case does a separate organization, the UN Relief and Works Agency, count not only those who actually left their homes but those in succeeding generations, presumably forever, and regardless of whether those progeny were born and are settled elsewhere with full citizenship.


Author: Stand For Israel | June 21, 2012
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  • Mahmud
    June 21, 2012
    8:13 pm

    I love the Israelies and Israel. However, I find the word used bizarre. Israel should think everything rationally and on equity base. It should think positively to resolve problems not create problems

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    • Renee
      June 27, 2012
      3:47 pm

      How is Israel causing problems? Please explain, because I don’t know what you mean.

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  • David Feiger
    June 21, 2012
    6:01 pm

    The NAZI Amir el Husseni Mentor of the Egyptian Yasser Arafat and the NAZI financed Muslim Brotherhood with British command of the Arab Legion which illegally occupied Jewish Palestine and Jerusalem

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  • Barbara
    June 21, 2012
    4:20 pm

    I also love Israel !To the person from Turkey, I will be praying for you.
    How can they (refugees) be a citizen of Jordan and also be a Palenstinian refugee ? Does not make sense. You can’t have one set of rules for everyone else except for the Palenstinians. If this is the case go back to the Bible and declare ALL the land given to Israel be returned to them. That works for me.

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  • Karen
    June 21, 2012
    2:53 pm

    It’s all part of the political insanity sweeping the world in these last days.

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    • Barbara
      June 21, 2012
      4:23 pm

      I agree completely Karen ! However, I will continue to pray for them.

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  • a.hakan
    June 21, 2012
    2:04 pm

    Hi from turkey in izmir
    I love israel…
    All Islamic ivents are deep darkness. Be very carrefuly not to cut your hands/hads when you used to human rights. The adonay with israel. My pray with israel

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