The Right of Return, has always been an essential part of the Palestinian cause. It is always the outstanding bill that the PA demands Israel to pay as a precursor for peace. It’s always been interesting that the surrounding Arab nations never opened their doors to these refugees.
Now we know why
This New York Times article from 1966 quotes the than Chairman of the PLO, as to why this is so:
JERUSALEM (Jordanian Sector), March 30 -“The Arab states will not integrate the Palestine refugees because integration would be a slow process of liquidating the Palestine problem.” Ahmed Shukairy. chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. declared in an interview today.
“Consequently. the refugees don’t want to be integrated.” he continued. “If there are no Palestinian people. there is no Palestinian cause. We can’t conceive of a Babylonian cause today because there are no Babylonians. But we start from the premise that we will achieve the liberation of Palestine soon.”
The then-PLO leader is clear that they don’t want the Arab nations to integrate the refugees because the “Palestinian cause”is more important then their human rights.
The very end of the article makes this even more explicit. The reporter interviews a Palestinian who is about to go to Sweden for training as a mechanic. Even so, he insists that he would return – but there is a PLO official in the room during the interview.
Hamdi Hizrallah. 40 years old. a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was present at the interview. A native of Beersheba. now part of Israel. he said with great intensity:
“I will tell you something. and I wish you would quote me. If they try to leave. we will stop them, by force it need be.”
In short their is no Palestinian cause with the the refugees, even if means keeping them by force.
H/T ElderofZiyon Blog