The conflict in the Middle East has never been about Palestinian independence. The Palestinians have been offered a state on numerous occasions, and have turned it down each time. To those who examine the facts, its increasingly obvious that the conflict in the Middle east is not about the future borders of an eventual Palestinian state - it about the elimination of the only Jewish state in the world
From Aprils' Al Awda (Palestinian Right of Return) Convention:
This piece of "art" depicts their view of "Palestine" as an Arabic nation, from the "river to the sea", as symbolic a rejection of Jewish self determination as any.
Al Awda is an extremist group that has always denied the right of the Jewish people to self determination in their ancient homeland. They claim " Palestinian refugees represent the longest suffering and largest refugee population in the world today. In 2005, there were approximately 7.2 million Palestinian refugees..."
Of course, Al Awda neglects to mention that what defines a Palestinian "refugee" is not that they are "indigenous" to the land of Israel- they simply had to reside in the land after 1946. They did not need to own land. They did not need to have their origins in the indigenous people of the region. And, unprecedented in human history, refugee status also extends to their descendants, a third and fourth generation that has never resided in this land..
From UNRWA's website
Under UNRWA's operational definition, Palestine refugees are people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.
UNRWA's services are available to all those living in its area of operations who meet this definition, who are registered with the Agency and who need assistance. The descendants of the original Palestine refugees are also eligible for registration. When the Agency started working in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees.
Ziff in his 1938 book "The Rape of Palestine" documents the massive influx of Arabs into the Holy land, stating
"We should expect to find an exodus of Arabs from lands where Jews are settled. But exactly the opposite is true: it is precisely in the vicinity of those Jewish villages that Arab development is most marked. Arab Haifa, profiting from the Jewish boom grew from 1922 to 1936 by 130%, Jaffa by 80% and Jerusalem by 55%...In the vicinity of the Jewish villages Arab workers earn twice the wage paid in other parts of Palestine."
Dr. Rivka Shpak Lissak documents the same phenomenon on her website , unmistakably showing that most Palestinians in the Holy Land prior to Independence were recent immigrants.
"From 1870s to 1948, the Arab and Muslim population grew by 270%. Even in Egypt, the Arab country with the highest birth rate, the population grew by only 105%. The 1931 British census in Palestine(the name the British Mandate gave the country)showed that more than 50 languages were spoken by the Arab and Muslim population...
In short, from about 250,000 around the 1880s' the Arabic and Muslim population grew to almost 1,200,000 in 1948. A large percent of these people were immigrant workers...."
Al Awda has been working in partnership with the "Free Gaza Movement" . Al Awda "activists" are planning to visit Israel en mass in the next few months as part of a project proposed by ISM leader Paul Larudee. Palestinians will fly on commercial flights to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv airport and will insist on going to their non-existent "homes".
Because this is meant to function as a publicity stunt, it is hoped that Israeli border authorities will stop them upon arrival, place them in detention, and try to deport them. The "activists" all have a history of anti-Israeli activity, and hope to be turned away. They hope for a long drawn out court battle and have been advised to avoid El Al flights because of their strict security.
They will be carrying photos of random doors and random keys gathered from an Al Awda project chronicled here.
Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Palestinian "right of return". All myths. If you want to know the real goal of Al Awda- just look carefully at the convention participants