PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas told the Palestinian parliament Tuesday that he would follow in Arafat’s footsteps and demand that Israel recognize the right of return of Palestinian refugees to Israel. Abbas’ ideas about a peace deal with Israel have always been close to those of Arafat: a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with east Jerusalem as a capital, and Israeli recognition of the right of return of some four million refugees and their descendants.
Folks, what about the “Right of Return” of indigenous Jews of the Middle East and North Africa?
In 1948, nearly 900,000 Jews — indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa — lived in what are now known as the “Arab States.” Today, 99% of these ancient Jewish communities no longer exist in the lands where we lived for thousands of years. Arab governments forced us to leave, confiscated our property and stripped us of our citizenship.
In the absence of truth and justice, and in the face of the cult of Palestinianism, there can be no reconciliation, without which there can be no just, lasting peace between and among all peoples of the region.