Saturday, September 24, 2011

Eating your own

If ever there was an article worthy of a trip down the rabbit hole, this is it.  Now follow me o this; the new Palestinian state will not, and is not going to issue visas or passports to Palestinian refugees, even if they live in a refugee camp inside Palestinian territory.

Really, I cannot make this stuff up.

Read the article for yourself and decide, then leave a comment.  I think we all need to understand this strange twist.

From The Daily Star September 15 by Annie Slemrod

Interview: Refugees will not be citizens of new state

Ambassador Abdullah with Palestine’s symbolic U.N. seat in the foreground. (Photo by Mahmoud Kheir, The Daily Star)Ambassador Abdullah with Palestine’s symbolic U.N. seat in the foreground. 
(Photo by Mahmoud Kheir, The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Palestinian refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state, according to Palestine’s ambassador to Lebanon.

From behind a desk topped by a miniature model of Palestine’s hoped-for blue United Nations chair, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah spoke to The Daily Star Wednesday about Palestine’s upcoming bid for U.N. statehood.

The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They are Palestinians, that’s their identity,” he says. “But … they are not automatically citizens.”

This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that “even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens.”

Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.

Neither this definitional status nor U.N. statehood, Abdullah says, would affect the eventual return of refugees to Palestine. “How the issue of the right of return will be solved I don’t know, it’s too early [to say], but it is a sacred right that has to be dealt with and solved [with] the acceptance of all.” He says statehood “will never affect the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”

The right of return that Abdullah says is to be negotiated would not only apply to those Palestinians whose origins are within the 1967 borders of the state, he adds. “The state is the 1967 borders, but the refugees are not only from the 1967 borders. The refugees are from all over Palestine. When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game.”
The Palestinian Liberation Organization would remain responsible for refugees, and Abdullah says that UNRWA would continue its work as usual.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration recently pledged to veto statehood in the Security Council, which would leave the Palestinians the option of seeking a General Assembly resolution. If this happens, Abdullah says, 129 countries have committed to positive votes.

The United States has of late been taking steps to dissuade the Palestinians from taking their bid to the U.N., sending negotiators to meet with Palestinian officials. The ambassador says these talks have not been fruitful.

They won’t offer us anything … that saves the peace process,” he says. “They would offer us nothing except to say that they will cut financial aid, and other such threats. Dignity Islam is much more important than a loaf of bread.”

The refugees, through their leaders have had 31 chances to accept peace with Israel and each time they threw it away.  There is only one thing that peace entails with the PA, or Hamas, or Fatah; the end of Israel and the death of the Jews.

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