Israeli minister says Palestinians must go to other places

Israeli minister announces Palestinians must go to other countries, he opposes establishment of Palestinian state in future

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A Palestinian flag is attached to the barbed wires of Israel's Ofer prison in West Bank, while the families wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

The current Israeli Minister of Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz said Palestinians must live in other places, according to Israeli Channel 7.

Haim Katz said, “As a whole, Israel is a state. There is no Palestine. So, Palestinians must go to other places and countries such as Gaza, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt or Iraq. Because, Palestinians have manipulated our weaknesses and they have known how to play the game.”

The Israeli minister said he is against the establishment of a Palestine state in the future.

According to data from the Palestinian Central Office of Statistics, 85 percent of the Palestinian territory is being controlled by Israel. The Palestinian people have been using 15 percent of their land.

Israel continues establishing new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, both of which were occupied In 1967 by Israel.

Sixty-seven years have passed since the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Palestinian Nakba and the forced eviction of 957.000 Palestinians from their ancestral homes and villages.

Yet, the only UN resolution granting these Palestinians the right to return to their homes and villages continues to be just an ink on a paper.

On Dec. 11, 1948, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 194 for Palestine and directly recognized the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and villages, deeming this an important principle of international law. It also gave refugees the freedom to choose whether or not to stay where they were or return to Palestine.

Today, according to UNRWA, there are 5,094,886 registered Palestinian refugees residing inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territories. In fact, internally displaced people, like the residents of Jalazoun, account for 2,020,847 of the total number. They are dispersed in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


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