The Guardian’s ‘correction’ on refugees needs correcting

A June 21st edition of the Guardian’s Corrections and Clarifications included the following entry.

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To clarify their clarification:

The overwhelming majority of the 5.1 million “refugees” who come under the mandate of UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) are – as we’ve noted previously – not in fact refugees.

According to UNRWA, ‘Palestinian refugees‘ are defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”  

The number of Palestinian refugees from the ’48 war who are still alive – out of the initial 711,000 or so – is estimated to be roughly 30,000.  However, due to UNRWA’s expansive definition of who qualifies for “refugee” benefits – which includes the children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren of Palestinians who may have once lived in Historic (British Mandate) Palestine – over 5 million Arabs of Palestinian descent are considered “refugees”.  

This means that 99 percent of UNRWA’s clients are not actual refugees.

The Guardian clearly needs to correct their ‘correction’ on the real number of refugees.

(For more background on this subject, read Ben-Dror Yemini’s ‘A Deception Called UNWRA‘.)

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