This is a proposed plan for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes. It is not Utopia. It is an attempt to bring peace to a region torn by strife and destroyed by war brought to it by foreigners armed with weaponry, money and political clout.
The primary victims of this unholy endeavour have been the Palestinians, since their destruction and uprooting in al Nakba of 1948.
The Palestinian Nakba is unsurpassed in history. For a country to be occupied by a foreign minority, emptied almost entirely of its national majority, its physical and cultural landmarks obliterated, its destruction hailed as a miraculous act of God and a victory for freedom and civilized values, all done according to a premeditated plan, meticulously executed, financially and politically supported from abroad, and still maintained today, 53 years later, with the same vigour, is no doubt unique.
Yet after over half a century of suffering, the Palestinians remain adamant in their determination to return home, in pursuit of the most elemental principles of justice.
Who prevents them from returning? Israel, and the US backing it. The absolute majority of the world governments, and greater majority of the world’s peoples, support their right to return.
The Israelis advance all kinds of arguments and claims against their return. They claim that the Arabs are the aggressors, they deserve what they got, that little David is fighting for his existence against the Arab Goliath, that there is no room now for the returnees, that the villages are destroyed and boundaries lost, that the return of the refugees will pollute the “Jewish character” of Israel and so on.
This plan is intended to do that. It first shows that Israelis claims against the return of refugees are false or inapplicable. Then it shows that the return is feasible and possible to the last detail. Above all, it shows that the return brings peace for all time.
Author: Dr. Salman Abu Sitta