Saturday, December 29, 2007
Time to End 'Offence Against Principles of Elemental Justice'
The deleterious effects of the Nakba (Arabic for the Catastrophe of 1948; however, increasingly referred to as an ongoing process to rid Palestine of its inhabitants) will ultimately be reversed.
According to Dr. Salman Abu Sitta,
"Palestinians cannot simply continue to look across the barbed wire and see their homes occupied by Russians and Ethiopians while they rot in refugee camps. They must return home. This is in the Israelis' best interest in the long run. This is in the long-term interest of the US. This is in the interest of peace and stability in the Middle East. This is what the whole world has affirmed year after year since 1948."
Annie's Letters today on Palestinian refugees:
“No settlement can be just and complete if recognition is not accorded to the right of the Arab refugee to return to the home from which he has been dislodged…It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine, and indeed, offer the threat of permanent replacement of the Arab refugees who have been rooted in the land for centuries.” – UN Mediator for Palestine, Count Folk Bernadotte
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