Sunday, June 10, 2007

Refugee Squared

The current image at the ABC's Middle East Conflict section:

Seeking refuge from the refugee camp.

Maybe one day Palestinian Arabs will be absorbed by the Arab countries in which they reside.

They should take the lead from another Middle Eastern country.

Israel made citizens those Arabs who ignored the call from Arab leaders to get out the way of impending attacks on the nascent Jewish state in 1948, but instead remained behind.

Israel has also absorbed millions of Jews who fled persecution in countries that were not free: the Soviet Union, Iraq, Iran and many other countries in the Middle East.

Israel tries to close and heal wounds.

With the possible exception of Jordan, Arab countries have allowed Palestinian wounds to fester.

Presumably as an effective demographic weapon against their sworn enemy.

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