Brain Bush’s Blog

Refugees in Question

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 12, 2012
  • 4:22 pm

Hello Everyone,

Today's interesting news has come as no surprise to most over here, but Israel has come out publically, admitting that it used a secret procedure to reduce the Palestinian population.

Over the course of 27 years, between 1967 and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, Israel revoked the residency rights of Palestinians.

Some 250,000 Palestinians, who left their homes for a period of time for overseas were not allowed to return to their homes.

The majority of those Palestinians who were prevented from returning were students who went abroad to study at colleges and universities as they could not obtain the opportunity to do so here.

Others were mainly young professionals who went aboard to find work to support their families.

The Israeli press is reporting that the government stripped around 140,000 residents of the Palestinian Territories of the right to return to their homes, along with more than 100,000 residents of the Gaza Strip.

This revealing comes as an Israeli Member of the Knesset along with the powerful Jewish Lobby group AIPAC are said to be making a bid to cut the total number of Palestinian refugees.

This assertion is based upon a newly passed amendment requiring the State Department to specify how many of the 5 million Palestinians who receive aid from the UN are refugees who were personally displaced from their homes with the creation of the State in 1948, and how many are their descendants.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved late last month an amendment requiring the State Department, for the first time, to number Palestinian refugees.

The goal in this is to get the State Department to specify how many of the 5 million Palestinians who receive aid from the United Nations are actual refugees who were personally displaced from their homes in 1948, and how many are their descendants.

This then, according to critics of the bill, blurs the lines of those who wish to return to their homes in a future peace deal with Israel and calls into question their historical right, as refugees, of return.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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