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Submitted by John Philips (Japan), May 30, 2012 at 00:23

only about 1 percent are real refugees who fit the agency's definition of "people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict." The other 99 percent are descendants of those refugees, or what I call fake refugees.

So these are now people whose "normal place of residence" is a refugee camp?

What do you propose be done with them? May I assume you think they should be absorbed into neighboring Arab countries?

Haven't the fiasco of Arab nationalism and the oxymoron of Arab unity been exposed already? Egyptians are Egyptians, Moroccans are Moroccans, Yemenis are Yemenis and Palestinians are Palestinians. Palestinians need a state just like anyone else. They need someplace to live. If not on the West Bank and Gaza then where?

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Don't get me started on the subject of refugee camps. I shall limit myself to a single observation: of the approximately 100 million refugees dating from the post-World War II era, all long ago left the camps except for one hapless population in the Levant. How much longer should this anomaly survive? And how much longer do we taxpayers want to subsidize this evil travesty?

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