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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

From the horse's mouth: Hamas will not give up on full right of return for refugees

"Right of Return" is the device that extremist Palestinians want to use to destroy Israel. It is a legitimate issue from the point of view of many refugees, but this "right" conflicts with the right of the Jewish people to self-determination ( see Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees in International Law ). "Return" of millions of descendants and relatives by marriage of refugees would create an Arab majority in Israel and turn it into an Arab state. Recognition of  "Israel' would then be meaningless of course.
Moderate Palestinians explain that they believe a compromise should be reached, in which the right of return is recognized but not implemented. Some, like Sari Nusseibeh, even went so far as to say that Right of Return is no longer realistic and must be abandoned.
Hamas however, insists on full Right of Return, along with extremist groups like Al-Awda and Badil, as is evident from the article below, taken from the Web site of the izzedeen al-Qassam brigades. A report that King Abdullah of Jordan had come out in favor of abrogating right of return infuriated the Hamas, as is evident from the article.
It is therefore futile to fantasize with prevaricators like Robert Novak, that Hamas wants peace.
Ami Isseroff

Hamas: Right of Return is not for sale
 Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas) Website  2007-04-22

Islamic resistance Movement Hamas affirmed yesterday that the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees is a sacred Palestinian basic that no party can compromise or abandon.

Fawzi Barhoum affirmed that Hamas had decided long time ago that this basic is all Palestinians that none has the right to forgo.

Barhoum was responding to statements uttered by Jordanian monarch Abdullah II suggesting that the Right of Return could be "financially compensated".

Barhoum added "We have defended the refugees". So those precious sacrifices must be crowned with the return of those refugees and not by financially compensating or naturalizing them somewhere else".

[sic] concerning with Hamas foreign relationship. Barhoum affirmed that Hamas isn't in enmity with any state, and that its only enemy is the "Zionist entity".

He added that the "Zionist entity" is not enemy just for the Palestinians but for all the Arab world. Because the Zionist enemy killed many Jordanian, Egyptian, and Syrian nationals in addition to tens of thousands of the
Palestinian people.

Moreover, Barhoum called on Arab rulers and governments to carry out their religious and national duties in defense of the sacred Muslim shrines in Palestine and to enhance the steadfastness of the Palestinian people to enable them retrieve their usurped rights.

In a meeting with the Zionist Knesset (parliament) speaker Dalia Itzik, Abdullah proposed paying the Palestinian refugees money sums in return for forgoing the Right of Return, and described Hamas as "common enemies" for Arabs and Israel.

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