Tag: Abu Sitta
"All indications confirm the Israeli settlement expansion, siege and blockade are staying, the World Bank's warning is valid, Fayyad can promise his people only more of the same, and opposition to his government and the PLO will grow deeper and wider by the day to dispel whatever illusions of peace are left over from the Annapolis conference last month."
"The application of international law has enabled the return of refugees all over the world except in Palestine, despite the fact that U.N. Resolution 194 (11 December 1948) stipulates that “the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.” Regarding compensation, the resolution states that compensation should be paid for the 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.”
"The UNHCR must assume a more pro-active role, particularly in light of disturbing political changes and the likely scenario of a forced regional settlement of the Palestinian refugee issue. It must not wait until hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees are threatened with expulsion or worse, lining up the border with Israel in make-shift camps. The future must not be that bleak and there can be ways of alleviating these refugees’ suffering until a just and durable solution, in line with Resolution 194, is found to their cause."