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May 21, 2013

Changing tack, Foreign Ministry to bring ‘Jewish refugees’ to fore

In a sea change from traditional diplomatic policy, the Foreign Ministry has decided to put the issue of Jewish refugees who fled or were forced to leave Arab countries after 1948 at the top of its agenda, demanding financial compensation for both Jewish and Palestinian refugees and blaming the Arab League for causing the entire problem in the first place.

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May 21, 2013

Bernard Avishai on the “right of return” and other rights

At bottom, the question my Harper’s piece tries to answer is deceptively simple and by no means relevant to the Palestinian right of return alone. It is this: how can a democratic state, a commonwealth of free citizens, be reconciled with the right of citizens, collectively, to sustain national distinction?

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May 21, 2013

A sad commentary on the state of liberal Zionist discourse

Recent work by authors Bernard Avishai and Gershom Gorenberg reflect the inability of liberal Zionist champions to engage in an honest debate about the core issues of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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May 21, 2013

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to…

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May 21, 2013

UN GA Resolution 302: Assistance to Palestine Refugees

This resolution recognizes that — “without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 11 of General Assembly Resolution 194 (III) of 11 December 1948? — “continued assistance for the relief of the Palestine refugees is necessary”…

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May 20, 2013

Reforming UNRWA

It is sometimes suggested by critics of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that the agency should be abolished and its duties transferred to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the U.N. organization responsible for all other refugees in the world. But it is doubtful whether such a move would change much, for it is not UNRWA’s existence but rather its mission that is the root of the problem.

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May 20, 2013

The Forgotten Refugees: The causes of the post-1948 Jewish Exodus from Arab Countries

By Philip Mendes, Presented at the 14th Jewish Studies Conference, Melbourne, March  2002 This paper explores the question of the other Middle Eastern refugees – the Jews who fled or were expelled from Arab countries between 1948…

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May 11, 2013

The ruined village Palestinians will never forget

The ruins of Lifta are the final remains of the Palestinian hamlets that fringed Jerusalem until 1948. Now plans to bulldoze them are causing outrage. Read the full article here. 

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April 18, 2013

Rights are key – and they’re mutual

Rights are key – and they’re mutual By Dimi Reider The Jewish Chronicle Online

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April 9, 2013

UN GA Resolution 181 (1947 Partition Plan)

This resolution lays out the plan for the partition of Palestine between a Jewish and an Arab state and a special international regime for Jerusalem and includes plans for an economic union. UN General Assembly…

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