Refugee or Not Refugee? No Longer a Question

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) recently proposed a bill examining the United Nations' uniquely absurd definition of a Palestinian refugee.  The original bill correctly designated a Palestinian refugee as an individual actually displaced between 1946 and 1948, but not his or her descendants.  This (commonsense) definition reduces the actual number of U.N.-termed Palestinian "refugees" from the currently estimated millions to 30,000.  However, under the influence of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a watered-down version of the bill requiring that the number of originally displaced Palestinian refugees be counted and reported separately from the number of their descendants. While millions of refugees around the world must rely on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Palestinians are served by their own special agency -- the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East...(Read Full Article)

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