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Thursday, July 10, 2008

In a recent comment left at the Guardian's Comment is Free, I was responding both to a poll of Palestinians CIF's resident Israel apologist was interpreting and also to some "helpful" advice from a commentator:

"By the same token, the Palestinians have very little to compromise with - the RoR (I want them to compromise, and have said so many times)"

The right of return is an individual right, and no government or negotiator may compromise on it. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states unequivocably that every one may leave his country and return to his country. No provision is made for politicians to negotiate away one's fundmental right to return to one's place of origin.

I also filled out a Guardian survey. When asked what changes I'd like to see, I wrote "more Palestinian bloggers," and I listed several including: Rami Almegheri, Laila El-Haddad, Susan Abdulhawa, Sherri Muzher, Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, George Bisharat, Saree Makdisi, Omar Barghouti, Mustapha Barghouti, Dr. Mona El-Farra, Reham Alhelsi, Raja Shehadeh, Raji Sourani.

My comment:

For a representative view of Palestinians note that one hundred and fifty-six Palestinian unions, associations, campaigns, refugee rights associations and organizations, encompassing all of Palestinian Civil Society have called for boycott, sanctions, and divestment from Israel until "it complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights:"

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

This endorsement comes from political parties, unions, coalitions, organizations and associations which take into account the three parts of Palestinian society: "Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation and Palestinian citizens of Israel."

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