Posted by Lilly from ? (126.96.36.199) on Friday, October 04, 2002 at 3:57PM :
In Reply to: B'Tselem on BBC: Human Rights in ME posted by andreas from p3EE3C3BE.dip.t-dialin.net (188.8.131.52) on Friday, October 04, 2002 at 3:08PM :
To All Friends in the Right of Return Movement.
Sari Nusseibeh has now accelerated his efforts to abolish the Right of
Return from expressing opinions and giving interviews to conducting a
campaign among Palestinians, persuading them to waive their Right of
Return and forego their place of birth and heritage.
If Nusseibeh was tolerated previously as a misguided academic, his
active campaign, by sending letters to all Palestinians in the Occupied
Palestinians Territories, under the banner of the PLO official in
Jerusalem, to undermine the Right of Return, cannot go unchallenged.
This campaign, orchestrated in open collaboration with Israeli
intelligence services, in the so-called Ayalon-Nusseibeh document, is
designed to perpetuate the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 and
activate a new one. This is a war crime under the Fourth Geneva
Convention. Its perpetrators shall be treated as such.
The Right of Return is an Inalienable Right which has a solid backing in
international law and is affirmed by the world community for over 50
years. It cannot be delegated or bargained for, and it has no statute
The only danger to the Right of Return is that if every individual of
the five million refugees willingly and knowingly surrenders personally
his right. This will never happen under any circumstances. The
Palestinians have endured 54 years of wars, raids, suffering and
hardships to maintain their right. They are not going to surrender it now.
The Palestinians have a tremendous awareness about their rights
especially following the rise of the Right of Return movement after Oslo
and especially after 1998. The Palestinian refugees will not let this
campaign pass, just as they resisted successfully over 40 schemes for
resettlement, transfer and ethnic cleansing in the last half a century.
No doubt all members of the Right of Return movement will make their
voices heard and will defeat any attempt to undermine their Inalienable
Rights, as they have done before. They will make it known that anyone
who attacks our rights does not represent us and does not belong to us.
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