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Friday, January 26, 2018

Dis-Entitling Palestinian "Refugees"

"That money is on the table, and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace. Because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And they're going to have to want to make peace too, or we're going to have nothing to do with it any longer."
"This was never brought up by other negotiators, but it's brought up by me. So I will say that the hardest subject they had to talk about was Jerusalem. We took Jerusalem off the table, so we don't have to talk about it anymore."
U.S. President Donald J. Trump

"UNRWA is suffering from a deficit of $146 million, which prompted it to borrow from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to pay its employees’ salaries in December."
"This financial crisis will effect all sectors and force UNRWA to undertake austerity measures in terms of health care, education and relief, affecting 450 teachers in Gaza whose contracts expire on May 30 and might not be renewed."
Amal al-Batsh, director, Union of Arab Employees, UNRWA, Gaza

"We received a list of 250 Palestinian businessmen who could grant us financial aid. We will also turn to new sponsors such as Turkey, Russia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea to expand UNRWA's donor circle and approach Arab countries to commit to paying their share of UNRWA's budget."
"[The program] benefits about 1 million Palestinians in Gaza, distributing food parcels to them every three months. UNRWA has classified 460,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza as living below the poverty line.
Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA spokesman in Gaza
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Palestinians take part in a protest against aid cuts outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency office in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Jan. 21, 2018.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the United Nations' unique-to-Palestinian-refugees program that has maintained Palestinian "refugees" as international welfare cases for 70 years, absorbing any and all offspring of the original estimated 700,000 Palestinian Arabs into the "refugee" net depends on generous funding from international sources to keep its one-of-kind program maintaining Palestinian Arabs as refugees alive. Palestinians are so accustomed to being welfare cases resulting from their "victim" status when  Palestinian Jews finally were able to reinstate their homeland on traditional territory, they feel entitled to international welfare.

In maintaining the fiction of victimization and refugee-status of a large number of people for whom that status is an integral and valuable part of their identity, politics, psychic dramatization of poor, helpless people vulnerable to the vicissitudes of Israeli oppression, the Palestinians have never matured toward self-responsibility. The infrastructure for a responsible government, the opportunities for establishing a sovereign state, the normalization of which would result in full employment through a thriving commercial establishment and trade resources has been spurned in favour of the martyrdom beloved of the victim fallacy.

UNRWA not only provides the financial wherewithal giving the Palestinian "refugees" their opportunity for fully-supported non-state structures for social welfare, but it is designed to keep these "refugees" wholly dependent on international largesse. Since there is no need to actually build a country and its governing bodies and social-political arms, the opportunity for graft and corruption continues unimpeded. Instead of structuring a social contract amenable to living in peace with a neighbour, the governing body of the Palestinian Authority incites its constituents to reject 'normalization' with Israel, to clasp close to their hearts the concept of destroying Israel through 'resistance' leading to one state from the 'river to the sea'.

UNRWA is the largest employer of Palestinians, paid by international funds to administer themselves. Dependent on Israel for their energy needs, for water distribution, for security protection because one segment of the Palestinian governance, Hamas, threatens the majority-governing status of its political rival, Fatah. Both subscribe to the original founding purpose of the Palestinian Liberation Organization; to use all means, violence and slanderous propaganda, to destroy the presence of the Jewish state of Israel. In its never-ending support of Palestinians as refugees, UNRWA is complicit in these plans.

Palestinians, facing the imminent loss of a significant portion of their funding and anticipating austerity, general budget cuts and other inconveniences to daily living in the West Bank and Gaza mount protests against the despised Israel and the new administration in the White House which has suffered a huge loss in Palestinian esteem resulting from the Trump administration's stated recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, explaining that in so doing it is in fact, recognizing reality and setting aside the fiction of the Arab world that Israel has no heritage status in the city.
Wealthy Arab nations in the Middle East whose leaders first convinced Palestinians to leave the area they could later return to once the newly established State of Israel was destroyed by the combined might of their militaries, at the very time that they expelled their own Jewish populations, depriving them of their property in countries where they had lived for a thousand years and more, deliberately avoided giving legitimacy and citizenship to the Palestinians living in "refugee" camps in their regions. Israel, in defending itself against Arab aggression, routed the armies sent to destroy it and gained its traditional territory Arabs demand for themselves.

And though the surrounding Arab states encouraged the Palestinians to continue imagining that Israel would be destroyed and the displaced Arabs could then return to the area on which Israel now sits, it seems never to have occurred to them that the responsibility to part with some of their wealth to aid the stateless Palestinians originally hailing from Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon which then refused to give them status, rather than expect the non-Arab, non-Muslim West to empty state coffers in support of the "refugees". 

The Jewish-state-destroying demands of the Palestinians who once one demand was met, dug deep and lobbed another in the ongoing consultations and discussions over peace negotiations with Israel never saw an offer from Israel, willing to make sacrifices, that they were willing to accept. While at the same time refusing to sacrifice any of their demands for 'right of return' and taking the Old City of Jerusalem containing the most sacred-to-Judaism elements for their own. The Palestinians co-opted all the Judaic heritage Biblical sites as their own, persuading UNESCO to recognize them as Palestinian, not Judaic, linked to Israel.

All of which activities, plots and pernicious devices are hardly reflective of a society prepared to live in peaceful harmony with its neighbour, willing to set aside its victimhood grievances and recognize that its own intransigence of monumental proportions have led to the impasse it finds itself in now. The Arab Palestinians living within Israeli borders with full citizenship rights, inclusive of voting their representatives into the Knesset, prefer to live in Israel for the material benefits accorded them rather than in territories administered by the Palestinians, but loyalty to the Jewish State is largely absent.

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