Us Congressman Works to Strip Millions of Palestinians of Refugee Status
A new bill introduced in the US Congress by Republican Representative Mark Kirk would call for the US government to demand that a United Nations agency serving Palestinian refugees provide a count of how many were actually displaced by the creation of the state of Israel, and how many are the descendants of those displaced. The count would then be used to deny the universally-recognized right of return to the descendants of the original refugees (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren).
Millions of Palestinian refugees, both the originally displaced refugees and their descendants since 1948, live in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and are denied full citizenship of any nation. After the displacement of approximately 3/4 of a million Palestinians for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was created to provide assistance, protection and advocacy for the refugees. Another wave of refugees was created in 1967 when Israel took over more territory and displaced hundreds of thousands of additional Palestinians.
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