BEIRUT: For the first time, the U.S. government said it considers the descendants of those who fled or were expelled from Palestine in 1948 to be refugees, Foreign Policy magazine reported Friday.
The U.S. has also placed the number of Palestinian refugees – who live in the West Bank, Gaza and the countries surrounding Israel – at 5 million, according to the report.
Advocates of Israel worry that the move could give an advantage to the Palestinians in terms of their right of return.
Steve Rosen, a longtime official with AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby group, argued that calling 5 million Palestinians refugees, including some 2 million who are citizens of Jordan, means recognizing their right to return, even though Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have said that a two-state solution would mean most refugees would not return to Israel proper, Foreign Policy reported.
“How many generations does it go?” asked Rosen. “I’m Jewish, and as a grandchild of several refugees, could I make a claim on all these countries? Where does it end? Someday all life on Earth will be a Palestinian refugee.”
However, the magazine referred to a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama in June 2011, in which he stated, “A lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples: Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people.”
In January 2008, while a presidential candidate, Obama said, “The right of return [to Israel] is something that is not an option in a literal sense.”
In a statement to Foreign Policy, the State Department said that it agreed with UNRWA in that Palestinian descendants of refugees are in fact refugees, but cautioned that the final resolution of their status must be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Laughing at the blatant hypocrisy of the Israel-lobby lamenting “How many generations does it go?” in regards to a Palestinian ‘claim’ - considering their own ‘historic claim’ goes back some millennia, you’d think a couple of generations can be excused.
Also, how gracious of the USA to ‘agree’ with the facts on the matter.
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I’m bothered by people who feel the need to identify themselves as allies. If someone is an ally, do they really need to go around saying that? i.e. I’ve never felt the need to say I’m a trans* ally. That really is up to a trans* person to decide, not me.
“I maintain that every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people, not for black people. For example, I am black. I know that. I also know that while I am black I am a human being. Therefore I have the right to go into any public place. White people don’t know that. Every time I tried to go into a public place they stopped me. So some boys had to write a bill to tell that white man, “He’s a human being; don’t stop him.” That bill was for the white man, not for me. I knew I could vote all the time and that it wasn’t a privilege but my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. So somebody had to write a bill to tell white people, “When a black man comes to vote, don’t bother him.” That bill was for white people.”—Stokely Carmichael (via iwasabearonce)
Here’s some good news: the Ninth Circuit has agreed to re-hear the Child Status Protection Act class action litigation, Cuellar de Osorio v. Holder. If they rule in favor of the petitioners, thousands of undocumented youth, immigrant youth with legal resident parents and young adults separated from their parents will become eligible for green cards.
Our task is simple. As undocumented youth, we’ve a vested interest in this case. We’ve undocumented youth who are only undocumented because they were aged-out of family visa, employment or asylum petitions contrary to the rule of law. As such, we’re looking for actual cases of where children have aged out of a petition filed by their grandparents (F-3) or uncles/aunts (F-4), an employer sponsor case, an asylum case, and the parents immigrated or adjusted their status to that of legal permanent residents. The adult unmarried son/daughter either got left behind in their country of origin or could not adjust status with their parents and has to wait in a long line again or denied asylum as a result. In some cases, the adult son/daughter becomes what is popularly known as “a Dreamer.” In some cases, they have ended up in deportation proceedings or detention.
The best kind of cases would be ones where the legal immigrant parents subsequently filed a new petition on behalf of the aged-out unmarried adult son/daughter, attempting to retain the original priority date and USCIS refused, placing the adult unmarried son/daughter in deportation proceedings. But your story doesn’t have to be limited to that fact-pattern. In short, if you have a case where the parents got their green cards but their own children got left out of the process because they were over 21,please shoot us an email at email@example.com.
This request is for an amicus curiae brief to be filed with the Ninth Circuit. Your name can be redacted or providing an alias is alright. You can choose to remain confidential and still partake in this historic case.
If you need more information about the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) or need clarification of the request, feel free to shoot us an email as well so we can clarify.