Coming to America: 30,000 Middle Eastern Refugees

December 30, 2013

The State Department said Thursday that its goal is to welcome 35,000 permanent refugees from the Middle East and South Asia in fiscal 2014.
30,000 Syrians are slated to be moved into permanent or long-term homes abroad by October if the U.N. refugee agency meets its goals, The Washington Post reported.
The target would include vulnerable Iraqis, Afghans, Iranians and Pakistanis, as well as Syrians.
The United States does offer a form of short-term asylum, however. Syrians who were already in the country on work, student or other temporary visas as of last June are eligible to remain at least into 2015. In 2013, more than 1,300 Syrians applied for and received that extension.

Apartheid Jordan Accepts Syrian Refugees, Turns Back Syrian Palestinians at Border

January 8, 2013

(Can you say Apartheid State?) As the civil war intensifies in Syria, more refugees are trying to escape the conflict. Some have crossed into Turkey. Others have gone to Lebanon. But the biggest refugee camp for Syrian refugees is in the neighboring Kingdom of Jordan. But not all refugees are allowed in.
80% of PalArab “refugees” have citizenship!

Speaking in an immaculately clean tent over coffee and endless cigarettes, a 23-year-old construction worker who would only give his name as Mohamed said he left the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where many Palestinians live, about two months ago. The place was getting violent and food was hard to find, he said.The young man said his mother is Syrian, but his father is Palestinian. Mohamed said the Jordanians are turning people back at the border if they have ID cards that say they’re Palestinian. Lucky for him, he has a Syrian ID.
Mohamed’s uncle, he said, is a Palestinian from Damascus who has been turned away at the Jordan border five times.
With his four-year-old son in his lap, Daloul said he’s happy to be in Jordan, away from the fighting in Syria. But he says it’s also frustrating. Daloul is registered as a Palestinian refugee, even though he was born in Syria. So are his kids. But his wife is registered as Syrian. Now, she’s staying with relatives elsewhere in Jordan, while Daloul and the children live in this single room. They are not allowed to leave the camp for any length of time, he said. And his wife cannot move in with them permanently. “It’s a difficult situation,” he said.
Daloul is 55 years old. He was born in Syria. His kids were born in Syria. If he goes back, his grandchildren will be born in Syria. But he’s not considered Syrian by the Syrian government, even though his wife is, and since his children have their father’s status, they’re also considered Palestinian.

The Arabs don’t like Palestinians

PLO’s Ashrawi: No such thing as Jewish refugees

September 4, 2012

(jpost) Member of PLO Executive C’tee says Jews who came to Israel from Arab countries came voluntarily, pressured by Zionist groups. Jews who came to Israel from Arab countries are not refugees because they left their homes voluntarily and under pressure from Zionist groups and the Jewish Agency, Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said over the weekend. In an article published in a number of Arab media outlets, Ashrawi, who is also an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said that the “claim that Jews who emigrated to Israel, which is supposed to be their homeland, are ‘refugees’ who were uprooted from their homelands…is a form of deception and delusion.” (MORE)

now imagine the influence a biased voice like this would have if she dated the anchor of the largest news division of the time? That’s right… Ashrawi was Peter Jenning’s bitch. America was watching what they thought was unbiased reporting, but in fact was nothing of the sort. There were more Jewish refugees escaping persecution in Muslim lands then Palestinians, but Ashrawi (a true nazi) will never acknowledge it. So if you were watching the intifada on TV in 1987 and you got a narrative that didn’t seem like what you knew from first person references (like I had)… here is the kind of spin you were dealing with in the Main stream media.

The Palestinian refugees of 1936 were…Jews

February 7, 2012

(EOZ) Here are photos of Jewish houses in Tel Aviv  destroyed by Arabs of Jaffa at the outbreak of the “non-violent” riots in 1936:

Thousands of Jews were forced to flee their homes:

Some Jews were forced to move their belongings to a public park in Tel Aviv:

Here is a refugee camp near Rishon LeZion for the Jews who lost their homes during the riots.

All these photos were done by Zoltan Kluger.
(EOZ) found them at this Israeli photo archive website that just became public – although the website was created in 1998, and it shows.

The part of UNGA 194 that the Arabs ignore

October 23, 2011

…to not mention the Jewish refugees from Arab lands that were never economically reimbursed for their financial loss, is bad enough: but there is another layer of deceit: The Arabs obviously are ignoring the part that says some may be resettled in Arab countries. Obviously UNGA 194 has become a conceptual buffet to take what bullshit you want out of the context of an agreement. Few people have the time to looks up the UNGA 194 to see if the reference is relevant or not. Some denied correlatives look like an onion of lies.

(EOZ)Palestinian Arabs and their supporters never cease to point to UN General Assembly Resolution 194 as proof that there is a legal “right to return” for Palestinian Arab refugees of 1948 and their descendants. There are lots of arguments proving that this is invalid – not the least being that UNGA resolutions are not legally binding as well as the conditional nature of the text.
But, astoundingly,  the very same paragraph in UNGA 194 also demands the resettlement of Arab refugees in Arab states!
The part of 194 that is always quoted is this one:

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 and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible;

But the second clause of the same paragraph says this:

Instructs the Conciliation Commission to facilitate the repatriation, resettlement and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment of compensation, and to maintain close relations with the Director of the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees and, through him, with the appropriate organs and agencies of the United Nations;

The Conciliation Commission definitely interpreted this clause as meaning resettlement in Arab countries.
During the Paris Conference in 1951 (UN document A/1985), the Commission emphasized that taking the “return” portion of UNGA 194 in isolation is not what the resolution intended:

In the Chairman’s statement it was noted that experience had shown that concentration on one or the other isolated paragraph of the resolution out of context had not helped in the promotion of peace in Palestine. All the elements were necessary, but they were useful only if linked together according to an over-all plan. For example, the resolution instructed the Commission to facilitate the repatriation, resettlement and rehabilitation of refugees, and that instruction had not been forgotten by the Commission when it drafted the proposals for the conference.

And what was meant by “resettlement”?

The solution of the refugee problem proposed by the Commission envisaged the repatriation and integration of some of the refugees in Israel and the resettlement of others in Arab countries.

Keep in mind that Israel offered to accept a portion of the refugees at the time, in full compliance with the resolution, but in context of the other parts of the resolution that were necessary to ensure a full peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
So while it is true that UNGA 194 has no relevance today, those who insist that it is still the basis for the “right of return” need to explain why Arab states have been ignoring its other requirement, that Palestinian Arab refugees who desire to live in Arab countries be allowed to be resettled there.
Their failure to do so is yet another example of Arab hypocrisy.

human-rights groups report that soldiers loyal to Gaddafi were rounding up people and forcing them onto boats at gunpoint.

August 23, 2011

…When NATO bombardments against Libya began, Gaddafi vowed to “unleash an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration” on Europe. And the ships have been arriving from Libya since. REDRAW IMAGE : via Newsweek and h/t This is what Europe gets for it’s Arabist slant. This is what the world gets for putting Libya on the Human rights Council. and yet today that UK Guardian is critical of Israel and their need for borders. Ha’aretz has an op-ed by an Arab: h/t

[I]n Syria, another Arab Nakba is taking place before our eyes. This Nakba is the lot of the Syrian people. But this time, those behind the Nakba are not Zionists. They aren’t Jews or French or godless British or Americans. Neither the Little Zionist Satan nor the Great American Satan is behind this Nakba. This time, the Satan is Arab, flesh of our flesh. When thousands of Arab citizens – men, women and children – are massacred, when many others flee an Arab country because they fear an Arab regime with pretensions to waving the flag of Arab nationalism, then this so-called nationalism becomes dubious and ought to raise questions. This is all the more the case when non-Arab Turkey is the country to which people are fleeing. Yes, the same Turkey that is regularly mentioned in Arab national discourse as the height of defilement and the source of all Arab ills. And all because of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled over the Arabs for hundreds of years and to which Arab nationalists have long attributed all the falterings of the Arab world. Ha’aretz has an op-ed by an Arab: h/t

Soldiers loyal to Gaddafi are rounding up people and forcing them onto boats at gunpoint.

July 2, 2011

…When NATO bombardments against Libya began, Gaddafi vowed to “unleash an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration” on Europe. And the ships have been arriving from Libya since. REDRAW RAFTS or SOLDIERS details and story from Newsweek and  h/t Elder Ziyon