The Arab ‘Refugee’ Time Bomb

The Arab “refugee” time bomb began to explode Sunday as thousands protested six decades of squalid living condition in United Nations-run camps.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 4:50 PM

Arab village near Tripoli
Arab village near Tripoli
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Arab “refugee” time bomb began to explode Sunday as thousands protested six decades of squalid living conditions in United Nations-run camps. No violence was reported.

Arab countries have generally refused granting rights to approximately five million people who are descendants of approximately 700,000 Arabs who fled Israel, most of them with the urging of Arab leaders, during the War of Independence in 1948.

A small minority of the Arabs who left were forced out of the fledgling country by the outnumbered Israeli army, but leaders of Arab countries, trying to squash the re-establishment of a Jewish State, encouraged most of those local Arabs who left to do so, promising they would return after the expected victory that never came.

Jordan, Lebanon and other neighboring Arab nations have refused rights to the fleeing Arabs and their descendants, partly out of fear of their potential political power but also as part of a plan to use their growing numbers to overtake Israel with mass immigration.

The “right of return” demanded by the Palestinian Authority is the insistence that Israel allow their immigration, which would turn Jews into a minority. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has refused to recognize that Israel is a Jewish State, a definition that would preclude implementing the “right of return.”

Sunday’s massive protest in United Nations villages spread from the southern city of Tyre to the northern city of Tripoli.

“We just want to live with dignity," Imtithal Abu Samra told Reuters. He is one of 435,000 Arabs registered in United Nations camps in Lebanon. A larger number of Arabs live in Jordan, which Israeli Knesset member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has said should be the national home of Palestinian Authority Arabs.

"Lebanon has marginalized Palestinian refugees for too long," Human Rights Watch's Beirut director Nadim Houry stated last week. "Parliament should seize this opportunity to turn the page and end discrimination against Palestinians."

Lebanon, Jordan and other host states generally bar the stateless Arabs from working in professional jobs, and they are denied public services, relying instead on United Nations aid.