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The Right of Palestinian Refugees to Return Home

Year after year, the world blows out yet another candle to Palestinian diaspora as if it was a mere anniversary. It seems that it is only remembered on one day that the Palestinian people are still exiled and their lands have been occupied for 57 years; yet they remain subject to death and intimidation by Zionist bands that act with such inhumanity. The world, inert, continues observing daily slaughters aimed at exterminating the Palestinians.

In the lobbies of United Nations, Palestinians continue swallowing the bitterness and pain of their homeland lost in the Council of Security because of American’s veto.

May 15, the 57th anniversary of the “great catastrophe,” is a sad day in the history of the Palestinian people. It marks their being uprooted—by means of conspiracies, massacres and eviction—that sought to erase the traces of villages that had histories dating back thousands of years.

However, they will not be able to erase the memory transmitted as legacy from generation to generation. It is a living memory, the witness and the irrefutable proof that this people possess the right and are the owners of the land. They are and will continue being a bone in the throat of Zionists who attempt to erase our identity.

Zionist bands expelled hundreds of thousands of Palestinian to neighboring countries, where they settled in improvised refugee camps in history’s worst humanitarian tragedy. In their place came vandalizing droves of Zionist from all over the world to live in the former residents’ houses and to snatch their lands, as the astonished look of the world.

However, the Palestinian people—thanks to their faith and iron will, their stability and their struggle—transformed the lives of the Zionists into a curse. The Palestinian people, as much in their homeland as in the exile, will not forget that the dream of the return, victory and freedom will become reality after all.

Between the ebb and flow of the tide, the world tries to solve the problem, although only partially; yet the Palestinian question always collides with the strongest and most strategic ally of the Zionists: the United States, the mightiest powerful world power, the self-proclaimed mother of the democracy and freedom.

The United Nations has issued thirty resolutions that reaffirm the right of Palestinian refugees to repatriation and compensation – but Washington, the Zionists’ ally, on each occasion resorts to its veto authority to nullify such efforts critical of Tel Aviv.

Despite the repeated and clear reaffirmations of the UN on the right of peoples and individuals to self-determination and a descent life, the UN decided to divide Palestine on November 29, 1947. Later, Great Britain withdrew from Palestinian lands and left in its wake the Zionist entity following the war of 1948. This resulted in the exile of hundred of thousands of people.

On September 16, 1948, international envoy Folke Bernadotte gave his report for consideration by the UN which pointed to the Zionists aggression as being responsible and asserted the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland, to their lands and homes. He saw this as an unavoidable condition for a resolution of the conflict between the two parties.

Based on the Bernadotte report, the UN adopted Resolution 194, paragraph 11, in which the right to return to the homeland and compensation of the refugees is reaffirmed. The resolution called for the creation of an international commission mediator to head the negotiations to achieve peace in Palestine, to facilitate refugee repatriations and to reinstate them economic and socially, in addition to reimbursing them.

Despite their claims for the free determination of peoples and their right to live in peace and dignity, in 1947 the United Nations approved the proposal for the division of Palestine.

Since 1949, thirty of basic resolutions have been adopted that reaffirmed the content of paragraph 11 of Resolution 194. In this respect, the judicial executive of the UN issued, in 1949 and 1950, six exhaustive studies on the interpretation of this paragraph and viable forms for its application, with a view to facilitate the execution of the task of the International Mediation Commission.

One of those studies approached the historical experiences and international resolutions adopted in other situations involving refugees of other regions, among them the resolution on the compensation to the victims of Nazism, approved in 1949.


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