Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How to Solve the Syrian Refugee Problem

Too many Syrian refugees? In the Middle East? In Europe?

I have the answer.

It's simplicity itself. Just a matter of logistics and funding, really.

Here's what we do:

1) All Palestinian refugees driven out of Palestine in 1948 and 1967 by Zionist terrorists return to their homes and lands in Israel. We even have a perfectly serviceable UN General Assembly resolution, from 11 December, 1948, that's never been implemented, by way of sanction. It's called Resolution 194, and here are the key words:

"[UNGA] Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return..."

All it needs is to be implemented! End of Palestinian refugee problem!

2) Syrian refugees, currently in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Europe, move into the dwellings of Palestinian refugees departing Lebanon and Jordan for Israel, pending a political settlement in Syria.

I rest my case...

Oh... wait!

Israel won't let the Palestinian refugees return because, well, they're not Jews.

And the rest of the world has to pander to Israel's every vile, apartheid whim and wish - whatever the human cost - right?


Grappler said...

It is interesting to consider what is required to emigrate to Israel. It cannot be ethnicity because Mizrahim and Ashkenazim (despite some dodgy science) are ethnically different. Similar for "culture" whatever that means. And it cannot be religion because there are many "secular Jews" in Israel. The nearest analogy I can find is the private social clubs such as the Melbourne Club. You can emigrate to Israel if the power elite in Israel give you permission. But one thing is for certain, if you're not "Jewish" and your parents or grandparents were born in Palestine, you cannot be a member of the club. Given its history, how can Australia condone this.

MERC said...

No morality on earth can condone this. I remember an article I read some time ago in the Journal of Palestine Studies: 'Refugees Within Israel: The Case of the Villagers of Kafr Bir'im & Iqrit', by Joseph L. Ryan, S.J. It was written in 1973.

These were Palestinian villagers dispossessed in 1948 but not driven out of Palestine. IOW, internal refugees. However, despite their best efforts, stretching over 60 years, to return to their villages they have not, to this day, been allowed to do so. Here's part of the conclusion of Ryan's essay:

"The story of the two villages suggests that no matter what these Palestinian... or other Palestinians... did do or did not do, the results would have been very much the same. The Uprooted have tried every peaceful means to resolve their most just and patient claim - to no avail. At rock bottom, their basic problem is: they are not Jews and a Zionist state has been imposed on them. As if to underline their frustration, the Uprooted of Kafr Bir'im resorted - not to a gun - but to a sense of humour and asked themselves the question: Is there anything further which we have not done? Their quiet answer speaks louder than a hijacking. At a meeting in Gush Halav in July, 1972, attended by some 150 heads of families, the Uprooted 'decided to explore the possibility of their becoming Jews.'"

It's beyond Kafka.