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Palestinian refugee narrative will suffer

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 26, 2015 at 14:31

I expect the Palestinian refugee narrative to suffer.

Even if one was to accept the refugee status for all UN-counted Palestinians, their numbers fall below those of today's Syrian refugees. Following this articles perspective a migration (back in 1948) may in fact be viewed as a positive force serving stability. Finally, the conclusion to resettle the Palestinians into their own desired territory no longer seems logical, nor intuitive. Why should the Palestinians conclude to return when so many others in the Middle East don't?

In practical terms: Will the UN invent a dozen new agencies to represent today's new refugee groups as they do represent the Palestinians? Will the UN dump the Palestinian privileged status? Will the UN continue regardless?

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Your point is completely logical but the UN rarely follows the rules of logic and I expect the special status of Palestinians long to continue.

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