“The Americans rejected one of Israel’s central demands, which states that the Palestinian Arabs would agree to concede the right of return in return for Israel’s recognition of a Palestinian Arab state. They also rejected Israel’s demand to remove the Saudi proposal (a full withdrawal to the lines of June 4, 1967 and recognition of the right of return, in return for the recognition of Israel by the Arab countries and natural relations) as one of the main sources of the road map’s authority” – Shimon Shiffer, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Yediot Aharonot newspaper, May 23, 2003.
In other words, what our agency has been reporting for 15 years is indeed the case: The US state department, together with all the western governments, indeed support the Arab world campaign for the “right of return” to the Arab villages lost in 1948. None of these villages where they expect to return lie in Judea, Samaria (Also known as the west bank) or Gaza.
The US support for the “right of return” is no theoretical matter. That support was translated into the $114 million that the US contributed last year to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
UNRWA continues to confine more than one million Arabs to the squalor of Arab refugee camps, who wallow in these “temporary shelters”, under the specious premise and promise of the “inalienable right of return”, as defined by the UN for more than fifty years. Another three million Palestinian Arabs are defined by UNRWA as official refugees and serviced by UNRWA.
Canada chairs the RWG, the Refugee Working Group together with the US and the EU countries. The RWG provides the continuing official western governmental policy that stirs the expectation amongst the Palestinian Arabs that they will be repatriated to the Arab villages from 1948 which have been replaced by Israeli cities, collective farms and woodlands. The genesis of a Palestinian Arab entity has done nothing to stem those expectations. The ideology of the PLO remains that every Arab who left in 1948 who claims to be descended from an Arab who left in 1948 can have the absolute unquestioned right to return to that village.
We asked the head of the PLO refugee committee, Daoud Baraket, about the difficulties of that “right of return”, since Israelis live in cities which replaced the Arab villages from 1948. Baraket had a simple solution. “The Israelis should leave”, he said. And what if they do not leave, we asked. “Well, we would have to kill them, and international law would be on our side”, Baraket said.
It is no wonder that the 59 UNRWA refugee camps remain the safe haven of Arab terror groups.
And what the US discovered during the April war with Iraq was that UNRWA refugee camps in Lebanon, financed in part by the US, were transformed into paramilitary training centers for well trained Arab militias that were dispatched to fight the US and Britain in Iraq. 320,000 Palestinian Arab refugees live in the worst of the UNRWA camps in Lebanon, which is the only host country for UNRWA that restricts Palestinian Arabs from working in most professions, so as to keep the Palestinian Arabs in the UNRWA camps. The UNRWA camps in Lebanon conduct their daily military exercises to dispatch thousands of refugees to flood northern Israel to retake their homes and villages that were lost in the 1948 war.
And these refugees in Lebanon are being are being primed by UNRWA policies which are endorsed by the US, Canada and the EU.
The people of Israel know nothing of all this. They will soon find out, however.
After 15,000 Arab terror attacks throughout Israel which have taken the lives of almost 800 murdered Israelis in less than three years, the people of Israel are in for a rude awakening.
The rallying call which inspires Arab terror is the “right of return”, not “free the west bank and Gaza”.
That rallying call is not only supported by Arab terrorists.
The right of return, which means the right to murder just about all of the people of Israel, is supported by the official foreign policies of the US, Canada, and the EU.
Israel is at war with the world.