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  • In addition to the topics discussed in our first two videosthe subject of refugees is one of the core issues for understanding the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

  • Who are the refugees?

  • Why, more than 60 years later, is this still an issue?

  • Let’s look at the facts

  • Sohow did it all begin?

  • In May 1948, the local Arab population was joined by 7 Arab countries in a collective attempt to destroy the newly re-established Jewish state.

  • Encouraged by Arab leaders, who promised they would return as victors, and later on, as a result of their failed war effortsan estimated 500,000 Arabs fled to neighboring Arab territories

  • But is this the full picture?

  • I'd like you to take a look at the refugees in these photos.

  • Many people assume they are Arab refugeesfleeing Israel.

  • But in fact, they are innocent Jewish refugeesforced out of Arab countries!

  • THIS map tells the FULL story:

  • There were FAR more Jewish refugees than Arab refugees.

  • Over 850,000 Jews, from ancient Jewish communities predating Islam and the Arab occupation of the Middle East, were forced out of their homes.

  • Jews were stripped of their citizenship in many countries and their property was confiscated.

  • In contrast, 160,000 Arabs ACCEPTED Israel's offer TO REMAIN, and today there are more than one million Israeli-Arab citizens with full equal-rights, living in Israel.

  • Now here's a question:

  • Have you heard of any Jewish refugee camps?

  • … I didn't think so.

  • The Jewish refugees were immediately welcomed and absorbed by Israel or by other nations.

  • Then why, after more than 60 years, are the Arab-Palestinian- refugees still NOT welcomed and absorbed among their own brethren?

  • And how could their numbers have grown from 500,000 to 4.7 million?

  • The sad reality is that the Arab refugees never had a chance.

  • Attempts at resettlement were blocked by a variety of discriminatory laws enacted in Arab countries such as:

  • A ban on receiving citizenshipwith the exception of Jordan

  • blocking them FROM ENTERING MANY professions

  • Restrictions on owning land

  • Restrictions on movement

  • and a Denial of education and health services.

  • Sir Alexander Galloway, a former director of the UN refugee agency in Jordan, gave the reason for this discrimination:

  • quote: "…the Arab nations do not want to solve the Arab refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open soreas a weapon against Israel."

  • Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser explained the effect of this "weapon"  aimed at overwhelming Israel demographically -with generations of refugees cultivated to hate:

  • quote: “If the refugees return to Israel, Israel will cease to exist.”

  • And what role did the United Nations play? Sadly, they were less than helpful

  • While all refugees in the world are assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR,

  • …a separate agencyUNRWA- was established specifically for the Palestinians.

  • Why can't the Palestinian refugees share an agency with the refugees of Bosnia, Congo or Darfur? To name a few

  • The answer is, because while the United Nation's central refugee agency- helps refugees resettle, The United Nation's Palestinian refugee agency helps perpetuate their status by applying unique criteria.

  • For example:

  • Refugees lose their status after receiving citizenship from a recognized countryPalestinian refugees do not.

  • Refugees cannot transmit their status from generation to generationPalestinian refugees can.

  • Refugees are encouraged to resettle in other countries or integrate in their host countriesUNRWA, avoids such policies

  • The United Nations spends on a single Palestinian refugee almost 3 times more than on a non-Palestinian refugeeand employs over 30 times the staff.

  • The bottom line is:

  • Throughout the 20th century the UN found durable solutions for tens of millions of refugees, while the Palestinian refugee agency has foundwellnone.

  • Some people may suggest this is hypocrisy

  • Let me share something personal

  • My father's family was forced out of Algeriathey, and another 600,000 Jews from Arab states, resettled in Israel.

  • History has proven that resettlement and integration helped tens of millions of refugees, during the 20th century, reclaim their lives.

  • Howeverthe Palestinian refugees are trapped between Arab leaders unwilling to accept their brothers and UN agencies who do not apply equal and universal principals to all refugees.

  • Is this just?

In addition to the topics discussed in our first two videosthe subject of refugees is one of the core issues for understanding the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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The Truth About the Refugees: Israel Palestinian Conflict

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    姚易辰 posted on 2014/01/18
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