Jerusalem OnLine: Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon are under pressure to leave the country, according to Mousa Abu Marzouq, the head of the Hamas international relations bureau.
According to Marzouq, the reason why they are leaving is a direct result of Trump’s “Deal of the Century”. He claims that although the political aspect of the U.S. Mideast peace plan has not been officially revealed by the Trump administration, it’s objective to remove the Palestinian refugee problem from the peace plan is being felt in Lebanon.
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) 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.” Furthermore, refugee status also applies to “the descendants of Palestine refugee males, including adopted children, are also eligible for registration,” says the agency.
These refugees are not eligible for citizenship in Lebanon, nor are they privileged to any political, social, or civil rights, adds UNRWA. Read Article
Opinion: The right of return of 13-15 million Arab (Palestinian) refugees to Israel is almost as preposterous as the two state solution and land for peace.
A look back at actual events:
1. The British Mandate terminated in mid-May.
2. Prior to Israel’s statehood announcement, approximately 700,000 of 900,000 Arab refugees were warned of a pending war. The Arabs were advised to flee the area, for they might be mistaken for Israelis.
3. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said declared, “We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.”
Israel was born on May 14, 1948, and was attacked on the same day by Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. After the armistice agreement, Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and its more than 200,000 inhabitants but refused to allow the Palestinians into Egypt. Although demographic figures indicated that ample room for settlement existed in Syria, Damascus refused to consider accepting any refugees, except those who might refuse repatriation.
Syria also declined to resettle 85,000 refugees in 1952–54, though it had been offered international funds to pay for the project. Iraq was also expected to accept a large number of refugees, but proved unwilling. Lebanon insisted it had no room for the Palestinians. In 1950, the UN tried to resettle 150,000 refugees from Gaza in Libya, but was rebuffed by Egypt.
Jordan was the only nation that allowed limited citizenship of Palestinian refugees. Approximately 40 percent of the 900,000 became citizens, but were put in refugee camps that developed from tented cities to rows of concrete blockhouses. The camps turned into urban ghettos. In 2004, concerned about increasing numbers of Palestinians in the country, Jordan began revoking citizenship from Palestinians who did not have the Israeli permits necessary to reside in the West Bank. (source)
All this was going on despite the fact that most of the refugees in Israel were originally from either Jordan or Egypt.
In 1922 Britain took back 78% of the land granted to Israel in the Balfour Declaration thereby creating the state of Jordan for the purpose of two states for two peoples.
So now Hamas and the rest of the Arab world have accepted revisionist history, while the UN looks on with approval.
And Satan danced.