Far Left is pushing to make Palestinian ‘right of return’ a viable option

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of (L to R) historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements, as he attends an Arab League emergency meeting discussing the US-brokered proposal for a settlement of the Middle East conflict at the league headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on February 1, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

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Israeli diplomats across the globe have recently been reporting that what until now had been limited to an accepting discourse of “the other’s tragedy” – about 750,000 Arabs who were forced to leave their homes in 1948 after Arab countries launched a war to destroy the newly-declared state of Israel – is turning into a vibrant discussion that includes practical aspects how the “right of return” to Israel along with 1967 borders will be implemented. This includes cities like Jaffa, Lod, Acre, Ramle, and Haifa, among others, or the reestablishment and repopulation of hundreds of villages that were abandoned and/or destroyed during the war.

“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously” 2 Sam. 7:10

Far Left is pushing to make Palestinian 'return' a viable option

For a while, it was mainly various BDS groups, Palestinians living abroad, Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, and some Arab Israelis – particularly in mixed cities – who were focused on the issue. Now, a probe by Israel Hayom reveals that some left-wing Israeli groups (Jewish, Arab, and Jewish-Arab) have been laying the groundwork, both in terms of public opinion and practicalities, for “the return.” They are preparing lesson plans about the possibility as well as documents designed to help people “imagine the return” so it can be “implemented.” The groups are busy with allocating lands to the refugees, or their descendants, and trying to sell the idea to the Jewish public.

Israel rejects the return demand. The Right and the Zionist Left agree that if it were allowed, it would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state, and possibly as a state at all.

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