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THE

INCREDIBLE

STORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE



ARAB ISRAELIS

JEWISH AND PALESTINIAN

REFUGEES

SUMMARY

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Following the 1948 conflict UNWRA was set up by the United Nations in 1949 to provide help to the following groups of refugees in Arab countries and to Jewish and Arab Palestine refugees inside the state of Israel.

Palestinian refugees.  This group left the area known as Israel, previously called Palestine by the British, in 1948 and settled in surrounding countries and were called ‘refugees’.  They came under UNWRA for help. The second group was after the 1967 war when the area, previously occupied by Jordan and Egypt was occupied by Israel.  Arabs, living in Israel, are full citizens of Israel as they remained in their homes during the 1948 war.  They were never classified as ‘refugees’.

Jewish refugees.  This group were expelled/fled from Arab countries.  The Israeli government took over responsibility for them in 1952.  

ISRAEL WANTS TO LIVE IN PEACE WITH THE ARABS

TO UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED

WE NEED ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUCH AS:


What is Palestine?

Who are the ‘Palestinian refugees’?

What is the difference between Palestinian and other refugees?

What is the difference between Palestinian refugees and

Jewish refugees expelled by Arab countries?

Why is the cost of looking after a Palestinian refugee

higher than for other refugees?

What is UNWRA and UNHCR?

What do they do and who finances them?

Why do the number of Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) increase,

while those from other countries (UNHCR) decrease?

Why do Arab countries discriminate against Palestinian refugees?


Why, after more than 2,000 years did the Arab countries

want to remove the Jews from their countries?

Who were the Jewish exiles?

Why where arriving Jewish exiles not described as ‘refugees’?

Why are Jewish exiles usually forgotten

when referring to the rights of Palestinian refugees?


NOW….ADD ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OF YOUR OWN.  

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UNWRA was set up by the United Nations in 1949 UNWRA defined Palestine refugees as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.” The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including adopted children, became eligible for registration. The 70 years of its existence have seen it adopt government functions such as education and health and seen its camps change from the temporary accommodation of canvas tents to permanent buildings. .Today, more than 95% of UNRWA "refugees," were not alive when Israel was born in 1948 and so were never personally displaced by Israel's creation.  They are listed by UNRWA as "refugees" only because of this peculiar practice of inheriting refugee status as a birthright.

It originally classified 700,000 as ‘Palestinian refugees’.  By the first of January 2015 this had grown to about 5.6 million. This number will continue to grow as they have more children and the problem is not resolved.

UNRWA is often accused of making little effort to detect and eliminate terrorists from its staff or having beneficiaries such as those from from Hamas. These may be not because UNRWA consciously supports terrorism, but because it is in a terrorist controlled area such as Gaza which is controlled by Hamas. Similarly payments are made to members of the PLO and Hamas for thir ‘personal use’ and used by them buy arms.

Palestinian refugees would be treated as other worldwide refugees if they came under UNHCR. By limiting them to one generation their number would be reduced from about 5.25million to about 700,000 (2017).

UNHCR was set up by the United Nations in 1950 for the rest of the world I.e the world excluding Palestinian refugees.  It “defined a “refugee” as any person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”  So, it only applies to the individual, NOT to their descendants.

Thus the number of Palestinian refugees continues to increase, while the number of UNHCR refugees, relating to each incident, goes down and vanishes.   UNWRA will cease to exist once there are no Palestinian refugees and so many of its 30,000 employees will lose their jobs.

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Creation of Palestinian Refugees.

Israel’s initial boundaries were created following the Israel-Arab War of 1948.  Israel refused re-entry.  The Arab League refused to absorb them even though they had plenty of space available thinking they would make a good weapon against Israel.  So they became refugees and have been used as a propoganda weapon ever since.

Palestinian Refugees are a Youngsters Community

In 2015 the percentage under15 years in the State of Palestine was 39.3%  (39.6% for refugees and 39.1% for non- refugees).  The refugee percentage aged 60 and over was 4.1% and 4.8% for non- refugees.

As the total grows so the UNWRA budget will increase.

Palestinian refugees have high unemployment

The unemployment rate for refugees in the State of Palestine was up to 32.3% compared to 21.4% for non-refugees.

Financing UNWRA

Financing UNWRA is primarily by Western countries.  Arab countries contribute little to the regular annual budget, though they contribute towards special projects.  For example in 2016

UNWRA Camps

Most Palestinian Refugees live in the 58 UNWRA camps which are in effect over populated mini cities.  As numbers continue to increase so will population density and problems of over population.   .

Jewish Refugees

After 2,000 years between 1948-and 2012 over 1,000,000 Jews were expelled/left Arab countries.  Today. (2017) very few remain there.  In 1949 Jewish refugees from Arab countries in Israel became an UNWRA responsibility. In 1952 Israel accepted responsibility.  Their  rights were forgotten by the Palestinians.

This is recognised by Jews, though not by others, as a Jewish-Arab Population Transfer.


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In 1922 Britain assumed control of the Middle Eastern area that it called Palestine the majority of whose inhabitants were Arabs who had arrived, or whose family had arrived recently looking for work, from surrunding Arab countries.  Other major groups were Jews and Christians.  The country was partitioned by the United Nations in 1947 and split between the Jews and Arabs.

The Jews accepted, the Arabs refused.  The day after the Jews proclaimed their independence in 1948 the surrounding Arab countries invaded expecting the Jews would be expelled quickly. They asked Arabs in Jewish areas to leave to make their attacks easier telling them that they would return within a few weeks.  

The Jews won and refused the Arabs readmission. Now in Jordan. they became the first ‘Palestinian Refugees’. Arabs who did not leave became ‘Israeli Arabs’.

Arab countries refused them resettlement rights and, in 1949, persuaded the UN to set up an organisation ‘to help them’.  This became known as UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency).  In 1950 the United Nations set up a complementary organisation to serve the rest of the world.  This was the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees). It was thought they would only exist for a few years.  They still exist.  Their use by the Arab League as a weapon against Israel and so their refusal to absorb them into their countries has led to their being discriminated against by other Arab countries.

Rebellion in Jordan and the eventual expulsion of the Palestinian militants who were called ‘Black September’.  

Palestinians had run a state-within-a-state in Jordan, headquartered in Amman. Their militias ruled the streets and imposed brutal and arbitrary discipline with impunity. In 1970 they attempted to take over Jordan.  In early 1971 they were expelled to Lebanon, where they created.a similar state-within-a-state, weaponizing a dozen Palestinian refugee camps around Beirut and in South Lebanon, and destabilizing the Lebanese government. This led led to the Israeli-Lebanon war.

Click here for a Review of the Legal Position of Palestinian Refugees

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Holocaust survivors, and many of the over 1,000,000 Jews were forced out of Arab countries where they had lived for over 2,000 years.   Most settled in Israel.  Settlement meant their acceptance into the country where they settled and their title changed from ‘refugee’ to ‘citizen’. The result is that they have 0 Jewish refugees compared to over 5,000,000 Palestinian refugees.

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The movement of Jews and Arabs became an example of population transfer as happened in India when it was split into India and Pakistan.  Palestinian refugees have been used by some Arab countries as a propaganda weapon against Israel   Used in this way has caused many of them to suffer.

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Solving this problem will be of benefit to both Jews, Palestinians and donors

Jews, because they wish to live in peace with all their neighbours.

Palestinians, because they will have a far happier life living in a prosperous environment where they are not treated as second class citizens.

Donors who will save money through making unnecessary donations.

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YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Why Are There Still Palestinian Refugees?

Published on 2 May 2016

It's been seven decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war,

and yet there are still an estimated 4 million Palestinian refugees

...and zero Jewish refugees.

With so many nearby Arab allies of the Palestinians, how did this happen?

What does it say about Israel? What does it say about its Arab neighbors?

Dumisani Washington,

Diversity Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, explains.

UNRWA: For Palestine refugees

Published on 25 May 2015

Palestine refugees began their long journey in 1948.

Since the Arab-Israeli conflict,

they have endured multiple displacements, repeated violence, occupation and blockade.
Through these hardships,

UNRWA has been there to provide critical education, health care, microfinance, relief

and social services, and emergency assistance.


See also UNWRA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


RESOLVING THE PALESTINE REFUGEE PROBLEM MEANS THAT

UNWRA responsibilities would be transferred to UNHCR.  This means that, as with other     refugees, Palestinian refugees will ‘vanish’.    

UNWRA BUDGET 2016

($'000)


Regular


Special


Overall

Total



589

735

1324

USA


149

268

417

%

25%

36%

31%

TRUE OR FALSE?

The Palestinians as a ‘people’
only existed after 1967

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MARTHA GELLHORN
The Arabs of Palestine

The Atlantic, October 1961

THE Palestinian refugees are a chain reaction. Arab politicians and apologists would have us believe that the explosion began with the Balfour Declaration to "view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a home for the Jewish people." More likely, the explosion started in the depths of time when the Romans drove the Jews from their one and only homeland, the soil that grew their history, the Bible. Nearly two thousand years later, Hitler and his followers committed such barbarous crimes against the Jews as all Christendom and all Islam, barbarous too, had never inflicted in the centuries of the Jewish dispersion. The Nazis and the gas chambers made the state of Israel inevitable: the Palestinian Arabs and the five invading Arab armies determined the boundaries of Israel.

The Palestinian refugees are unfortunate victims of a brief moment in history. It is forgotten that Jews are also victims in the same manner, of the same moment. The Arab-Israel war and its continuous aftermath produced a two-way flight of peoples. Nearly half a million Jews, leaving behind everything they owned, escaped from the Arab countries where they lived to start life again as refugees in Israel. Within one generation, if civilization lasts, Palestinian refugees will merge into the Arab nations, because the young will insist on real lives instead of endless waiting. If we can keep the peace, however troubled, the children of Palestinian refugees will make themselves at home among their own kind, in their ancestral lands. For the Jews there is no other ancestral land than Israel.