14 September, 2011
Isaac Alp Bradley
Palestinian Statehood, An open letter to the United Nations; and by extension Europe and all of Asia.
If you and your nation support the drive for a Palestinian state would you also support reordering the borders of Europe to the borders of 1936?
If the Israelis must accept un-negotiated borders then it would only be fair if the Russian Federation give back all that Stalin stole.
If you would compare a map of Europe of 1936 to a map of 1946 the Russians owe a lot of land to a lot of people. I am sure the Japanese would like the Kuril Islands back.
Of course Turkey will be more than willing to renounce there claims to Cyprus.
China will jump to renounce there claims to Taiwan, Kashmir, Tibet and welcome home all expatriates.
I am sure India too will renounce all claims to Kashmir right after England gives up its claim to Northern Ireland.
Will there be a UN office in charge of reimbursing people who happen to be Jewish for there losses when they where pushed from there originating countries? Let’s say from 1946 and onward.
Would you please ask the Arab League why the Palestine refugee camps are not disbanded or why are refugees forced to stay in camps? Of course I could ask the UN its self why under resolution 31/15 of 11-23-1976 and resolution 34/52 of 11-23-1979 two resolutions passed but contradict the:
1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees a refugee is a person who:
owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.
There is no room under this definition for a descendant of a refugee to be considered a refugee. Yet the UN solved this problem by creating a loophole – the usual refugee conventions do not apply to people receiving aid from UNRWA (and only Palestinians receive aid from UNRWA).
So what about Jewish refugees? If one follows the above definition (or loop hole) as it applies to the Palestinians, then the more than 600,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries who came to Israel after 1948 were nonetheless still refugees even after receiving Israeli citizenship, as are all their descendants (since, in these claims, descendants of Palestinian refugees are themselves considered refugees, even if they have acquired citizenship, such as Palestinian refugees in Jordan). Where as there would be in Israel today, at least 4 million Jewish refugees from Arab countries, will the UN issue them a check?
At the end of the day there will be never be peace as long as there exists groups of people who can not stand the idea of the State of Israel and are more than willing to spill blood, when Iran achieves there goal of a nuclear weapon would you buy land in Tel Aviv ? The only relative safe city will be Jerusalem.
Turkey has more or less declared war on Israel by announcing that it will send war ships to Gaza. Will the United Nations approve that too?
It would be nice if the UN could at least pretend to be impartial.
Oddly enough the only nation that needs nuclear weapons is Japan, as that is the only way they will be on equal footing with there neighbors, after all there is no reason for Japans neighbors to have any respect for Japan. A weak aging nation forever hiding behind the United States, constrained by its past, haunted by its future, full of brilliant vibrant people trapped by culture of surrender.
Isaac Alp Bradley
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