BBC Perpetuates Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Refugees

On October 8, the BBC published a video segment by Paul Adams, titled “After 70 years, who are the Palestinian refugees?” The segment was filmed at the Burg Al-Barajneh “refugee” camp in Beirut, and focused on Palestinian fears that, under the new US peace plan, they’ll never be allowed to return “home.”

Here’s the six-minute segment:

Though the official UNRWA figure calculates more than five million Palestinian refugees, the overwhelming majority of these “refugees” — as we’ve noted repeatedly — are merely Palestinians descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.) of the original 711,000 actual refugees from 1948 — who, unlike every other refugee population on the planet, are automatically granted refugee status, even those who have citizenship in other countries.

As Einat Wilf, co-author of the book The War of Return observed about the fiction that there are millions of Palestinian refugees:

almost all [Palestinian refugees] (upward of 80 per cent) are either citizens of a third country, such as Jordan, or they live in [Palestinian territories] where they were born and expect to have a future…

….The remaining 20 per cent of the descendants…are inhabitants of Syria and Lebanon who are by law denied the right to citizenship granted to all other Syrians and Lebanese.

The number of actual refugees from 1948 is believed to be closer to 20,000.

via BBC Perpetuates Narrative of Perpetual Palestinian Refugees

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