Opinion  Ben-Dror Yemini
A step in the right direction
Ben-Dror Yemini
Published: 02.09.18, 23:50
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1. Bertram the wimp and Nazi Corbyn are feeding off each other
Steve Benassi ,   Minneapolis USA   (09.03.18)
2. The Pals perpetuation of the refugee status
Yakov ,   Afula   (09.03.18)
and the UN supporting and encouraging it is the root of the problem. When I person is hungry it is incumbent on those who have to do two things, 1. To give them food and medicine, 2. To give them a rod and reel, a plow and drill and teach them how to use them. Money intended for food has for too long been used to purchase swords.
3. verbal juggling won't work, refugees must come home
Shela Ramon ,   Tel Aviv   (09.03.18)
And by home, I mean Yafa, Haifa and Beir Sheva, or else there wion't be peace for a thousand years to come.
4. What's the difference, we know it's a scam! Dissecting the
"technique" behind UNRWA's actions is pointless.
It's the INTENTIONS that are poignant.
5. Israel voted for the establishment of UNRWA!
Kerry ,   Shangai   (09.03.18)
Here are the facts that the author chose to ignore
1. UNRWA came before UNHCR hence the definition of who is a refugee that was defined by UNHCR doesnot apply to Palestinians whose their special status was defined by UNRWA in 1950

2. Israel voted for UNRWA hence it accepted that the Palestinian descendants of their fathers who were expelled in Israel are refugees too

3. It is Ironic for people who claim that they were refugees for 2000 years and eho claim connection to the land after those thousands of years would claim that people who are refugees for just 80 years are'nt refugees!

4. But Above all, even in UNHCR definition of who is a refugee, Descendants of the refugees are considered refugees so long as the courses that made them refugees in the first place still exist. For the case of Israel the conditions still exists because Israel will not allow them to go back to their homeland, it will even kill them at the border if they insist to just like what happened in Gaza
6. Original definition of "refugee" under UNRWA is skewed
Sally Melnick   (09.03.18)
First, the definition isn't made by treaty. Second, it isn't the same definition as the 1951 refugee convention. It has a lengthy definition of refugee that is personal: A refugee is a person who “owing to 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 or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country. Third, The agency defines Palestinian 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.”
Therefore, the original definition is an acknowledgement that the "refugees" are not indigenous but come under the classification of transient or migrant. And shouldn't be classified as "refugees" at all.
7. Ever heard of "Cairo Quickstep",Yemini? That's your musings!
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