by Elder of Ziyon

Did you think that 63 years of Arabs using the "refugees" as political pawns would end if there was a Palestinian Arab state?

If you want to know the depths of cynicism of the Palestinian Arab leadership towards their people, you must read this article in The Daily Star Lebanon:

Palestinian refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state, according to Palestine's ambassador to Lebanon.

From behind a desk topped by a miniature model of Palestine's hoped-for blue United Nations chair, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah spoke to The Daily Star Wednesday about Palestine's upcoming bid for U.N. statehood.

The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. "They are Palestinians, that's their identity," he says. "But ... they are not automatically citizens."

This would not only apply to refugees in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan or the other 132 countries where Abdullah says Palestinians reside. Abdullah said that "even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens."

Let's read that again, shall we?

"Even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens."

People who live in camps in their own state would be barred, by their own leaders, from becoming citizens of that very state!

Why? Because, to Palestinian Arab leaders, the "refugees" are not an oppressed group who must be helped. They are human weapons in a never ending war against Israel. Giving them citizenship removes their status as weapons.

The most important issue to the Palestinian Arab leadership is not to end the suffering of their people, or achieving independence. It is to destroy Israel, using the nonexistent "right of return." Nothing could be more obvious - yet most of the world refuses to believe that Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies could possibly be so indescribably cruel and callous to their own people.

Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would "absolutely not" be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.

Neither this definitional status nor U.N. statehood, Abdullah says, would affect the eventual return of refugees to Palestine. "How the issue of the right of return will be solved I don't know, it's too early [to say], but it is a sacred right that has to be dealt with and solved [with] the acceptance of all." He says statehood "will never affect the right of return for Palestinian refugees."

The right of return that Abdullah says is to be negotiated would not only apply to those Palestinians whose origins are within the 1967 borders of the state, he adds. "The state is the 1967 borders, but the refugees are not only from the 1967 borders. The refugees are from all over Palestine. When we have a state accepted as a member of the United Nations, this is not the end of the conflict. This is not a solution to the conflict. This is only a new framework that will change the rules of the game."

And make it easier for Palestinian Arabs to achieve their real goal - the end of the Jewish state.

For 63 years, three generations of Palestinian Arabs are being brought up being told that they must return to a non-existent state that their ancestors came from, and nothing else is acceptable. And the potential establishment of a Palestinian Arab state would ironically make their wishes to become citizens even more remote.

If there is to be a Palestinian Arab uprising, it should be against leaders like these who are happy to tell their own people to stay in hell - and to be happy about it.



Some of the comments that added useful information:
Sylvia 1 month ago

If THAT is not apartheid, I don't know what is. "Non citizens" means "non equals". The Palestinian "elites" want to maintain their privileges in their brand new towns while the indigenous population will remain without rights in their Bantustans otherwise called "Refugee camps" for generations to come. Just like in South Africa.

Silke 1 month ago in reply to NormanF

Muslims can't practice apartheid, they are part of the Ummah.
The two are mutually exclusive. Period.
i.e. what you do to further the Ummah can never by definition constitute apartheid since all you do is follow the Koran. I am sure there is something in there supplying the "reasoning" for that and "westerners" better hurry to learn about it.
Of course "westerners" and Jews don't have Ummah (Catholicism = literally all-over-ism notwithstanding) and thus they are bound to apartheid all over the place.
Got it?

busywolf 1 month ago

Funny how Daniel Barenboim and Lauren Booth do qualify for Palestinian passports.

ProfessorMiao 1 month ago

So let me see if I have this right. The UN is poised to vote for a Palestinian state based on the principle that they have declared themselves a 'nation' and therefore have a right to self-determination. But Palestinians in refugee camps are not Palestinians? They've shown their hand in more ways than one. They are pretty much saying they aren't a nation at all. Not that sane people didn't already know that.

Silke 1 month ago in reply to ProfessorMiao

But Miao you seem to be basing nation on known and established concepts - I think they will introduce us to a new (mind-boggling) concept of what constitutes nation, i.e. something incomprehensible based on "deep roots to the land".

The refugees (terrible for them) are people whom nobody wants except UNRWA (who in my book is largely responsible for the fact that nobody wants them) (btw here is a site where you can apply for a job with them. I'd guess jobs with them will be longterm and secure

I perfectly understand that refugees in camps who have their "deep roots" not in past 1948 Israel can not become citizens of the "Palestine" thingy but what about those who have their "deep roots" in the areas the Philistines (yes as regards law they are Philistines too) claim for their bogus state? The legalese they will come up with to sell that one to the gullibles will be quite a contortion. I wonder how long it will take them to resort to the Koran to make it holy and thus any attack on it a lack of respect for the "Prophet".

Brian Goldfarb 1 month ago

'Abdullah said that "even Palestinian refugees who are living in [refugee camps] inside the [Palestinian] state, they are still refugees. They will not be considered citizens."' Bet you the useful idiots of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement will be denying ether that that's what he said, or that that he actually meant something else.

Y. Ben-David 1 month ago

The Palestinians will NEVER allow an influx of refugees to Judea/Samaria. They are viewed as aliens by the existing population there and their presence there would disrupt the delicate relations between the existing clans there regarding land ownership and distributionof the money the Palestinians Authority hands out. If there are elections the new immigrants would be able to take the instruments of state power away from the existing power structure. Those who are there now will NEVER allow this. A mass influx would cause a civil war, just as the big differences between Gaza and Judea/Samaria led to a civil war betwen HAMAS and FATAH. THus, the Palestinians must insist on ALL the refugees returning to Israel and ONLY to Israel

zaik 1 month ago in reply to Silke

Well, they have to make up their minds first. One group is saying that it's going to be jew-free. The other group is saying it's going to be secular. Another, shariah caliph. Who the hell knows.

Yes, the dhimmis..............]

I like this one from......not 1345, not 867, not 1610..............but 1905.

The imam Said yahya Ibn muhammed, religious political leader of the Yemen, wrote with his own hand the edict which follows. In 1905, the imam gave it to the Jews and promised to protect them "if they remained in their former status." In 1921, the ancient law requiring the forced conversion of Jewish orphans was renewed and rendered more severe in 1925. It remained in force until the departure of the Jews for Israel in 1948-1950.

Edict promulgated in the Yemen by the imam Yahya

In the name of Allah, the all merciful and clement. This is the regulation which I ordain for all the Jews who must remain subjected to my laws and pay the [poll] tax without any change. I recall to mind the ancient words and their meaning; I recall to mind the obligations which the Turks have forgotten and which were observed in the time of the pious imams, before the triumph of people ignorant of the law.

The Jews can remain untroubled and be assured of their existence if they pay regularly the gizya. Every male having reached the age of thirteen years is subject to this tax [...] and by this their life will be preserved under our domination. No one can avoid paying this tax before the end of the year [...] as it is written in the Koran, the book received from Allah [...]

The jews must not
1)Raise their voices in front of muslims
2)Build houses higher than the houses of muslims
3)Brush against muslims whilst passing in the street
4)Carry on the same trade as the arabs
5)Say that muslim law can have a defect
6)Insult the prophets
7)Discuss religion with muslims
8)Ride animals with a saddle
9)Screw up their eyes in perceiving the nudity of muslims
10)Carry on thier religious devotions out side thier places of worship
11)Raise thier voices during prayers
12)Sound the shofar with much noise
13)Lend money at interest, which can bring about the destruction of the world
14)They must always rise in front of muslims and honor them in all circumstances

jzaik 1 month ago

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) said in an interview published Wednesday that he believed "there is no such thing as a two-state solution" in the dispute between Israel and Palestine, and promoted legislation for the United States to promote a full take-over by Israel of the West Bank."There is no such thing as a two-state solution, and no such thing as land for peace. The ultimate peace is going to come through annexation, through Israel having sovereignty over the whole land, from the Mediterranean to Jordan," Walsh told Washington Jewish Week.


This was published September 15, 2011 on the Elder of Ziyon website and is archived at

Thanks are due Dave Alpern for sending this article to Think-Israel.

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