The Palestinian Refugee Lie

Im Tirtzu’s – The Palestinian Refugee Lie!
Introduction
The Arab narrative of the events that transpired
during the Jewish revival in the Land of Israel is
full of innumerable lies and distortions. Their tale
of what happened to the Arab inhabitants of the
Land of Israel is presented as historical fact, but in
actuality is nothing more than a fabricated myth.
This myth served as the impetus for the creation of
the “Palestinian people,” a term that never existed
prior to the 1950s and which only began to surface
in literature in the 1960s.1
This booklet explores the issue that cultivated
and cemented this myth into political dialogue:
the “Palestinian refugee problem.” As we will see,
“the Palestinian refugee problem” only exists by
virtue of a special United Nations (UN) agency that
perpetuates the situation by ensuring that these4 |
“refugees” never relinquish their refugee status.
When discussing this issue, it’s important to put
the facts on the table: In 1948, the Palestinian
Arabs underwent a form of displacement following
the Arab attempt to annihilate the fledgling
Jewish state. Some of them were expelled, but
most either voluntarily abandoned or fled their
homes. But this experience neither makes them
refugees (as per the regular standards of the UN)
nor unique. Millions of people in the twentieth
century have undergone similar and infinitely
worse experiences.
The uniqueness of the“Palestinian refugees”is that
unlike millions of other refugees who were absorbed
by their host countries, the Palestinian Arabs were
not. Rather, they continued to retain their refugee
status. Seventy years have passed since Israel’s War
of Independence, yet the Arab states and the UN
continue to perpetuate the refugee status of the
Palestinian Arabs for political gain.
“The demand of the right of return [for Palestinians]
is in fact intended to eliminate the State of Israel.”

Introduction | 5
These words were uttered by the former Egyptian
Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Salah al-Din, who already
in 1949 clarified the true objective of perpetuating
the Palestinian’s refugee status. Given this, it is crucial
to understand that the notion of “right of return” is a
propaganda tool aimed exclusively at the elimination
of the State of Israel, and is therefore part and parcel
of the larger anti-Israel agenda.
This booklet provides information to counter this
widespread and false campaign conducted against
Israel. It exposes the hypocrisy behind the myths of
the “Palestinian refugees,” the “right of return,” and
the special UN agency set up for them – UNRWA.

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Introduction
The Arab narrative of the events that transpired
during the Jewish revival in the Land of Israel is
full of innumerable lies and distortions. Their tale
of what happened to the Arab inhabitants of the
Land of Israel is presented as historical fact, but in
actuality is nothing more than a fabricated myth.
This myth served as the impetus for the creation of
the “Palestinian people,” a term that never existed
prior to the 1950s and which only began to surface
in literature in the 1960s.1
This booklet explores the issue that cultivated
and cemented this myth into political dialogue:
the “Palestinian refugee problem.” As we will see,
“the Palestinian refugee problem” only exists by
virtue of a special United Nations (UN) agency that
perpetuates the situation by ensuring that these4 | The Palestinian Refugee Lie
“refugees” never relinquish their refugee status.
When discussing this issue, it’s important to put
the facts on the table: In 1948, the Palestinian
Arabs underwent a form of displacement following
the Arab attempt to annihilate the fledgling
Jewish state. Some of them were expelled, but
most either voluntarily abandoned or fled their
homes. But this experience neither makes them
refugees (as per the regular standards of the UN)
nor unique. Millions of people in the twentieth
century have undergone similar and infinitely
worse experiences.
The uniqueness of the“Palestinian refugees”is that
unlike millions of other refugees who were absorbed
by their host countries, the Palestinian Arabs were
not. Rather, they continued to retain their refugee
status. Seventy years have passed since Israel’s War
of Independence, yet the Arab states and the UN
continue to perpetuate the refugee status of the
Palestinian Arabs for political gain.
“The demand of the right of return [for Palestinians]
is in fact intended to eliminate the State of Israel.”

Introduction | 5
These words were uttered by the former Egyptian
Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Salah al-Din, who already
in 1949 clarified the true objective of perpetuating
the Palestinian’s refugee status. Given this, it is crucial
to understand that the notion of “right of return” is a
propaganda tool aimed exclusively at the elimination
of the State of Israel, and is therefore part and parcel
of the larger anti-Israel agenda.
This booklet provides information to counter this
widespread and false campaign conducted against
Israel. It exposes the hypocrisy behind the myths of
the “Palestinian refugees,” the “right of return,” and
the special UN agency set up for them – UNRWA.6
Chapter 1: The Importance of
Refuting the Refugee Lie
“To us, the refugees issue is the winning card
which means the end of the Israeli state”2
Sakher Habash, one of the founders of Fatah
and Yasser Arafat’s aide
The “right of return,” an ostensibly nonthreatening
legal term, is a prominent component of the
Palestinian Arab narrative that seeks to facilitate the
influx of some 5 million Palestinian Arab “refugees”
to Israel. This major point of contention between
Israel and the Palestinians can be traced back to the
myth of the “Palestinian refugees,” without whom
the demand for“right of return”would be irrelevant.

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The ultimate goal of preserving this myth is to
destroy the State of Israel. As is clearly noted in
the above quote by the prominent Palestinian
leader Sakher Habash, the “return” of millions
of Palestinian Arabs to Israel would mean the
destruction of the Jewish and democratic character
of the State of Israel.
This lie also serves as living proof of the hypocrisy
espoused by the international community, which
requires Israel to uphold completely different
standards than those of other countries that have
faced similar situations throughout history.
This hypocrisy unequivocally proves how many
international organizations that claim to promote
human rights are in reality focused on one thing
only: spreading hateful propaganda whose goal is
to eliminate the existence of Israel as the Jewish
state. It is therefore of the utmost importance to
dispel this lie and to reinvigorate the belief in the
justness of Zionism.
Chapter 2: Onward Hypocrisy!
International Refugee Institutions
“It is perfectly clear that Arab nations do not
want to solve the Arab refugee problem. They want
to keep it as an open sore, as an affront against
the United Nations and as a weapon against Israel.
Arab leaders don’t give a damn whether
the refugees live or die.”3
Lt. Gen. Sir Alexander Galloway, former
Director of UNRWA in Jordan
The death and destruction of World War II brought
about a refugee crisis numbering in the tens of
millions. In response, the United Nations established
the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR),4 an international refugee agency aimed
at solving the refugee crisis spanning throughout
Europe and Asia.

Onward Hypocrisy!

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Since its inception, UNHCR has helped resettle
tens of millions of refugees worldwide. The agency
is currently caring for over twenty million refugees,5
with a focus on providing various solutions to
resettle the refugees as quickly as possible.
However, despite the important work of UNHCR
and the tremendous efforts and resources it has
invested in providing various solutions to refugees
worldwide, the Palestinian refugee problem has
never been addressed by UNHCR.
Why?
The answer is simple: UNHCR, which is charged
with overseeing the well-being of (almost) all the
world’s refugees, is strictly forbidden from getting
involved with “Palestinian refugees.” Instead,
there exists a completely separate agency solely
dedicated to the “Palestinian refugees”: the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).6
In other words, the United Nations maintains two
separate agencies whose job is to care for refugees:
UNHCR, which handles all the world’s tens of

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millions of refugees (including in the Middle East),
and UNRWA, which only handles the “Palestinian
refugees” even though they initially numbered
fewer than 600,0007 (or 700,000 according to the
UN’s more generous estimate8).
In light of this, the obvious question arises:
Why is there a need for two different refugee
agencies, one for all the refugees of the world
and another exclusively for Palestinians? This
question is especially perplexing considering the
fact that UNRWA has never resettled even a single
“Palestinian refugee” throughout its entire period
of activity since 1949.11
Chapter 3: The Difference of
Definition of Refugee Status
between UNHCR and UNRWA
According to UNHCR, a refugee is a person “owing to
well-founded fear of persecution, for reasons of race,
religion, nationality, membership of a particular social
group or political opinion, is outside the country of
his nationality, and is unable or, owing to such fear,
is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that
country; or who, not having a nationality and being
outside the country of his former habitual residence
as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such
fear, is unwilling to return to it.”9
According to UNRWA, refugees are“persons whose
normal place of residence was Palestine during the
period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost

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both home and means of livelihood as a result of the
1948 conflict.”10
This clear distinction is merely the tip of the iceberg
in understanding the hypocrisy and double standards
surrounding the “Palestinian refugees.” A separate
agency for the Palestinians is needed in order for
the UN to continue perpetuating the refugee status
of the Palestinians, because the vast majority of
“Palestinian refugees” would not be considered
refugees according to the regular UN standard.
When comparing the refugee definitions provided
by UNHCR and UNRWA, there are several significant
differences that point to double standards, injustice,
and hypocrisy, courtesy of the UN.
Following are several examples.
1. Duration of time where the refugee lived
before fleeing
A regular refugee: He must prove that he escaped
from his country of birth or from a place in which
he maintained a permanent residency.

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A Palestinian refugee: He must prove that he
resided in Mandatory Palestine starting from June
1946 – only two years prior to the 1948 Israeli War
of Independence. This anomalous criterion was
mandated by the UN knowing that a large amount
of Arabs in Mandatory Palestine were migrant
workers who immigrated from neighboring Arab
countries seeking work opportunities; this following
the economic prosperity created by the Zionist
movement. They were not permanent residents,
and most of them had no official legal status. Thus,
the standard UN refugee definition does not apply
to them and a special criterion is needed.
2. Circumstances of displacement
A regular refugee: He must prove that he was
forcefully displaced from his land against his will.
A Palestinian refugee: He does not need to prove
that he was forcefully displaced from his land against
his will. Most of the Palestinian refugees obeyed the
call from their Arab leaders in 1948 and voluntarily

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left their homes, so as to not hinder the Arab armies’
attempted massacre of the Jewish population of
Israel. The Arab leaders promised that they could
return to their homes as victors after the massacre was
complete. The fact that their plan to annihilate the
Jewish population of Israel did not come to fruition is
not a legitimate reason to allow for their return.
3. Refugee status for future generations and
the legal status of family members of refugees
A regular refugee: Only the person who was forced to
flee is granted refugee status; not his family members,
and certainly not his children and grandchildren.
A Palestinian refugee: Refugee status is genetic.
Not only does the spouse of the refugee receive
refugee status, but the children and grandchildren
do as well. Actually, there is no limit to the number
of generations of“Palestinian refugees.”Today, there
are fourth generation“Palestinian refugees”who are
descendants of migrant workers who arrived some
two years before the 1948 War of Independence.

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4. A refugee who committed war crimes, crimes
against humanity and/or terrorist activity
A regular refugee: A refugee who commits war
crimes, crimes against humanity, or terrorist activity
automatic forfeits his refugee status.
A Palestinian refugee: A Palestinian refugee
does not lose his status under any condition, even
if he is found guilty of committing crimes against
humanity and/or engaged in terrorist activity!
There are many examples of Palestinian terrorists
who have carried out terror attacks yet still enjoy
UN refugee status, with all of its benefits.
5. Refugee status after acquiring citizenship in
another country
A regular refugee: A regular refugee loses his
refugee status immediately upon acquisition of
citizenship in another country.
A Palestinian refugee: A Palestinian refugee does
not lose his status even after receiving citizenship

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in another country. For example, there are over one
million Palestinian “refugees” that were granted
Jordanian citizenship, yet are still regarded as
“refugees.” Furthermore, there are Palestinian
“refugees” who hold citizenship from various
countries in Western Europe, the United States, and
Canada – yet are still regarded as refugees. There is
even a small number of “Palestinian refugees” who
hold Israeli citizenship!
6. Refugee status in relation to socio-economic
standing
A regular refugee: A regular refugee loses his
refugee status if he acquired wealth and assets,
and succeeded in rehabilitating his economic
standing.
A Palestinian refugee: A Palestinian“refugee”does
not lose his status even if he becomes wealthy. In
contrast to the misleading picture of poor, helpless
refugees, many are exceedingly wealthy and own
homes replete with the most advanced technology

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of the 21st century. In this absurd situation, a rich
fourth generation “Palestinian refugee” is entitled
to financial assistance from the UN.
7. The greatest absurdity of all – refugee status
after death
A regular refugee: A regular refugee loses his
refugee status upon his death and is deleted from
the UN refugee registry.
A Palestinian refugee: Because UNRWA has never
conducted a population census that provides
specific information regarding the number of
refugees (which is currently estimated today
at some five million), there is no way to track a
“refugee” who has already died, or to remove an
ineligible refugee from the registry.

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even won the Nobel Peace Prize for its endeavors,
and rightfully so, as it would be difficult to imagine if
the refugee problem created by WWII had not been
adequately addressed. Then again, that is exactly
what happened to the “Palestinian refugees.”
While UNHCR was resettling millions of refugees,
UNRWA was mandated to assist – and only to assist,
not to resettle – the Palestinian Arabs who fled
or who were forced to leave their homes during
Israel’s War of Independence. The official number of
Palestinian refugees provided by UNRWA personnel
in 1949-1950 was roughly 700,000,13 a figure that is
inflated according to initial Arab, Israeli and British
documents.14
Since 1948, the number of Palestinian refugees
has grown to five million. This means that unlike
UNHCR that has successfully resettled and
rehabilitated millions of refugees, UNRWA has
been counterproductive. This is because the true
function of UNRWA is to perpetuate the status of
“Palestinian refugees” so as to never rehabilitate
them, or, heaven forbid, enable them to achieve a

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normal life as the rest of the world’s refugees have
done.
Throughout the twentieth century, the accepted
international approach has been to encourage
population exchanges in order to resolve
international, ethnic, and religious conflicts. That
was how the international community operated
in cases of conflicts throughout the world, and
thus was able to resolve bloody conflicts, some of
which had existed for centuries.
The following examples were violent conflicts
between various ethnic and religious groups that
caused refugee crises on the scale of hundreds of
thousands and even millions of people.
1. India and Pakistan: As part of the conflict
resolution between India and Pakistan, an
exchange of populations was carried out. Millions
of Muslims left their homes in India and moved to
Pakistan, while millions of Hindus left Pakistan and
moved to India. Despite the difficult transition and
economic plight of these refugees, they and their

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descendants have been absorbed and assimilated
into their new countries.
2. The German minority in Eastern Europe: After
World War II, at least twelve million ethnic Germans
who had lived for centuries in Eastern Europe
(Poland, Hungary, Romania, etc.) were forced to
leave their homes and move to West Germany.
Today, they and their descendants live peacefully
in Germany.
3. Armenia and Azerbaijan: With the collapse of
the Soviet Union at the end of the twentieth century,
ethnic and religious unrest developed within
some of the entities that formerly comprised of the
Soviet bloc. Such unrest occurred in Armenia and
its neighboring Azerbaijan. Muslims in Azerbaijan
killed Christian Armenians and Armenians killed
Muslims. As a result of these atrocities, some
one million people fled their homes and became
refugees. This issue was resolved following a peace
agreement signed with the help of UNHCR in 1994,

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in which vigorous efforts were made to resettle the
refugees according to religion; that is, Christians in
Armenia and Muslims in Azerbaijan.
4. The Balkans: During the twentieth century,
some seven to ten million people were displaced
as a result of massacres, ethnic cleansing, and
violent conflicts throughout the Balkan Peninsula.
Following these displacements, nation-states and
regions of homogeneous national, ethnic, and
religious groups were created.
5. Cyprus: Conflict between the Greeks and
Turks has endured for hundreds of years. Cyprus,
populated by both Greeks and Turks, has borne
the brunt of much of this conflict, which peaked
in 1974 when the Turkish army invaded the
north of Cyprus. This resulted in the creation of
“Northern Cyprus,” an independent state separate
from Cyprus that is only recognized by Turkey
and not the international community. As a result
of the violence, some two hundred thousand

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Greeks fled from north to south, while sixty
thousand Turks fled in the opposite direction.
These refugees were resettled and are no longer
considered refugees.
The common denominator between all of these
examples is that they were all resolved by UNHCR
and the international community. All of these
refugees received aid from UNHCR and all were
resettled. “Palestinian refugees” are the only
refugee group in the world for which an exclusive
refugee agency was created by the UN, and yet
they are also the only refugee group in the world
whose prolonged situation has deliberately not
yet been resolved.

24 Chapter 5: The Treatment of the
“Refugees” in Arab countries
“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the
Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead,
they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate
and to leave their homeland, and threw them into
prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews
used to live in Eastern Europe”15
Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Chairman
To illustrate the absurdity of the “Palestinian
refugee problem,” one need only look at the
status accorded to the Palestinians by their fellow
Arab countries, where they share a common
language, culture, and for the most part, religion.
It was those countries that invaded Israel in 1948
in order to “help the Arabs of Palestine,” or so at
least they claim.

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Lebanon: Palestinian refugees are prohibited from
obtaining Lebanese citizenship, and Palestinian
refugees are denied rights that guarantee them
permanent housing, employment, property,
social contacts, and family reunification. There are
severe restrictions on their rights to employment
that often prevent Palestinians from being able to
improve their standard of living.16
Syria: Palestinian refugees have no civil or political
rights, and receive a merely nominal citizenship
status. Long ago they should have been
considered full-fledged Syrians, yet due to political
brainwashing they remain in Syria as a foreign
entity, daydreaming about the “right of return” and
stuck forever in their inferior state.17
Iraq: Palestinian refugees are denied citizenship
and are prohibited from purchasing land and
homes. Palestinians complain of increasing
difficulty in obtaining visas and the humiliations
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renewal every two months. Lack of valid residency
documentation puts them at risk of abuse and
imprisonment whenever they are asked to identify
themselves at one of the many checkpoints across
the country.
Dozens of Palestinians have been kidnapped,
tortured, and killed in Iraq with the assistance and
compliance of the security forces. Many refugees
receive either written or verbal death threats to
leave their homes. Many Palestinians in Iraq have
stopped sending their children to school or to find
work, and feel trapped in their homes.18
Kuwait: The occupation of Kuwait was supported
by the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and
was terminated in 1991. This resulted in the
deportation of 450,000 Palestinians to (mostly)
Iraq. This was a population transfer of nearly
the same magnitude as the Palestinian exodus
in 1948, yet this large deportation has barely
earned any mention in academic studies or in the
international media.19

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Libya: In 1995, then Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi announced his decision to deport thirty
thousand Palestinians due to his rejection of
the Oslo Accords signed by the PLO. 23 Gaddafi’s
hypocrisy reached its peak in August 2010,
when Libya passed laws making the lives of the
Palestinians either difficult or impossible, including
a special tax, a ban on work in certain places, a
prohibition of family visits, and other restrictions.
At the same time when this was occurring, a
Libyan-sponsored “human rights” aid ship set sail
to the Gaza Strip.24
Palestinian Authority: The Palestinian Authority
was established in 1994 as an outcome of the
Olso peace process. It was given responsibility and
authority over the majority of densely populated
Arab cities in Judea and Samaria. Aided by
billions of dollars in international aid, this newly-
established entity could have easily resettled the
“refugees” under its control, thereby alleviating
one of the most contentious issues at the heart

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of the conflict. However, over twenty years have
passed and nothing has been done. Why? For the
exact same reason that the Arab states have not
resettled and given them rights: to utilize them as
fuel in the battle for the destruction of the State
of Israel.
What an amazing display of Arab solidarity
by the “Arab nation,” to which the Palestinians
supposedly belong – at least according to the
Palestinian Covenant. Time after time Arab states
have rejected proposals for the resettlement
of refugees. In 1965, Arab countries signed the
Casablanca Protocol that was supposed to grant
the Palestinians labor rights but not citizenship, 25
but in reality this document changed nothing.
As it turns out, it is Arabs under Israeli rule who
enjoy freedom and growth unparalleled to that
of any Arab country. This includes both the Israeli
Arabs, who were granted full Israeli citizenship
and enjoy conditions better than those in any
Arab state, and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria

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including the“refugees”amongst them. Compared
to the harsh living conditions of the Arab states,
Palestinians who lived under Israeli rule from
1967 up until the implementation of the Oslo
Accords enjoyed a steady rise in living standards,
employment, health services and life expectancy,
as well as a dramatic reduction in infant mortality
and a tremendous growth of higher education.31
Chapter 6: Money Money Money –
Let the Numbers Do the Talking
“One of the greatest obstacles to peace, and
certainly the least acknowledged, is the
perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem
and the inflation of its scale by the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).”26
Einat Wilf, former Member of Knesset and
Chairwoman of the Education Committee
UNRWA is an economic empire in the Palestinian
Authority, employing over 28,000 people of whom
the vast majority are Palestinians. In contrast,
UNHCR employs less than 8,000 people.27
The annual budget of UNRWA stands at 1.3
billion dollars, some 250 million dollars of
which are provided by the US government.28 In
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billion dollars that is controlled exclusively by
the Commissioner-General of UNRWA. The fact
that UNRWA, which is defined as a temporary
organization, benefits from a billion dollar pension
fund is mind-boggling. It is also surprising how
no one speaks out against the fact that there is a
billion dollar UN fund being managed without any
oversight or accountability.29
In UNRWA the employee to refugee ratio is
roughly 1:165. The UNHCR ratio is roughly 1:4400.
As of 2014, UNRWA spends an average of 271
USD for every “Palestinian refugee” while UNHCR
spends an average of 106 USD for every refugee
worldwide. This means that the “Palestinian
refugees” receive better treatment by the UN than
all the other refugees in the world.30
If that is not enough, in 1949, when UNRWA
was established, it had 700,000 refugees under its
custody – today there are an estimated 5 million
refugees! (There number of real 1948 refugees
living today is estimated at 30,00031). In contrast,
UNHCR, which was responsible for resettling tens

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of millions of refugees, succeeded in resettling
them all and now takes care of millions of new
refugees that have no connection to the previous
generation.
These numbers are even more significant when
considering that throughout the years, Palestinian
Arabs have received an estimated 25 times more
aid, per capita, and adjusted for inflation, than
European citizens received under the Marshall
Plan after World War II.3234
Chapter 7: Terrorism and
Incitement, Courtesy of UNRWA
“I am sure that there are Hamas members on the
UNRWA payroll and I don’t see that as a crime”33
Peter Hanson, former UNRWA Commissioner-General
In 2003, Israel published a document detailing
how UNRWA activities were being used as a cover
for Palestinian terrorist activity, including arms
smuggling in UN ambulances and meetings of the
terrorist organization Tanzim in UN facilities.
Former UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter
Hansen gave credence to these claims when he
candidly admitted in an interview conducted in
October 2004: “I am sure that there are Hamas
members on the UNRWA payroll and I don’t see
that as a crime. Hamas as a political organization
does not mean that every member is a militant

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and we do not do political vetting and exclude
people from one persuasion as against another.”34
US Congressmen have even accused UNRWA of
being “wrought by mismanagement, ineffective
policies, and [a] failure to secure its finances.
We must upgrade UNRWA’s financial controls,
management and enforcement of US law that bars
any taxpayer dollars from supporting terrorists.”35
One of the many examples that illustrates the
gradual takeover of UNRWA by Hamas and other
Palestinians terrorist organizations is the terrorist
Awad al-Kik (Abu Muhammad). Al-Kik worked
as a teacher in UNRWA schools in Gaza while
also serving as the head of the engineering and
weapons production unit of the Islamic Jihad
terror group. As is well known, the Islamic Jihad
terror group used these weapons against Israeli
civilians. In addition, al-Kik trained generations of
“terror engineers” with his knowledge. Despite all
of this, even after his terror activity was exposed,
UNRWA did not fire him from their institutions.36
Another example of the cooperation between

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UNRWA and Hamas is a December 2005 event held
in honor of one hundred outstanding teachers in
an UNRWA school in Khan Younis, Gaza. Among
those present was Dr. Yunis al-Astal, a leader of
Hamas, who openly incites and advocates violence
against Israel. Al-Astal also issued fatwas stating
that Jews will burn in this world and in hell.37
There have been numerous cases in which
terrorists were seen using UNRWA vehicles.
For example, during an Israel Defense Forces
operation in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza in
2005, terrorists used UNRWA vehicles to smuggle
away armed terrorists and possibly body parts of
Israeli soldiers.
UNRWA schools have also been used as weapon
caches for Hamas.38

In the 2014 Operation Protective
Edge, UNRWA schools were found three times to be
housing stockpiles of Hamas rockets.39
The former UNRWA general-council, James J.
Lindsay, claims that UNRWA did not take steps to
identify and reject terrorists from the ranks of its
staff or its service recipients, and did not work to

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prevent members of organizations such as Hamas
from joining its staff. Moreover, UNRWA does not
perform any security checks before employing
workers, and does not ensure that the outside-work
activities of their employees are in compliance with
UNRWA’s (nominal) anti-terror laws.
Hamas has taken over UNRWA without any
difficulty, and is thereby able to control the
education system and the curriculum. UNRWA has
an extreme curriculum that fosters hatred instead
of promoting peace. The State of Israel does
not exist in textbooks, and Jews and Israelis are
portrayed as foul sub-human creatures.
In 2009, elections were held for the UNRWA
workers union and Hamas-affiliated candidates
won all eleven seats in the teachers’ sector. 40
Hamas’ control over UNRWA schools in Gaza was
thus solidified.38
Chapter 8: Jews from
Islamic Countries
A refugee is a refugee and that the situation
of Jewish refugees from Arab lands must be
recognized. All refugees deserve our consideration
as they have lost both physical property and
historical connection.”41
Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada
Contrary to the false Palestinian narrative, the
real historical injustice was inflicted on the Jews
living in Arab countries during the Israeli War of
Independence (1948) and in the subsequent years.
Before the establishment of the State of Israel,
some 900,000 Jews lived in Arab countries. 42 With
the encouragement of the Arab authorities, a wave
of anti-Semitism flooded these countries followed
by pogroms and oppressive laws. The Jews realized

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that they must escape to avoid a similar fate to
that of their brothers in Europe, and within a short
period of time there was almost no trace of Jewish
existence in Arab lands.
Not only were the Jews who lived in Arab
countries cruelly persecuted, tormented in vicious
pogroms, dispossessed of their homes and
property, murdered by mobs, and deported from
their home countries, but they were also forced to
leave behind property several times larger than
that of the Arabs of the Land of Israel.
Let’s look at the raw numbers: There were roughly
900,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries,
compared to roughly 600,000 Arab refugees from
the War of Independence – most of whom fled at
the behest of their leaders without seeing a single
Israeli soldier. In other words, there was one and
one-third Jewish refugee for every Arab refugee.
This injustice has not been addressed whatsoever,
not even marginally, perhaps out of concern that
the suffering of the Jewish refugees would mitigate
the narrative of the Palestinian Arabs. The Jews from

40 | The Palestinian Refugee Lie
Arab countries paid a heavy price, even though
they were not involved in the happenings in Israel.
These innocent victims experienced a devastating
tragedy and came to a newly born country; and
despite the hardships and the many mistakes
made by the impoverished and struggling new
state, they were successfully rehabilitated.
The Jews from Arab countries are genuine
refugees as defined by the United Nations, but
they did not receive a penny from the UN. They
deserve to have their stories told, to have their
history become known, and for their rights to be
recognized. Jews too deserve justice and rights.
The “Palestinian refugees” paid the price for the
war of annihilation declared by their leaders, a war
which many – if not most – undoubtedly agreed
with. Seventy years have passed and they are still
engaged in self-victimization.41
Chapter 9: UNRWA Closure
and Refugee Rehabilitation =
Cancellation of the
“Right of Return” Claim
“In demanding the return of the Palestinian
refugees, the Arabs mean their return as masters,
not slaves; or to put it quite clearly – the intention
is the extermination of Israel.”43
Muhammad Salah al-Din, former Egyptian
Foreign Minister
We constantly hear about the supposed Israeli
responsibility for the plight of the Palestinians, but
the real responsibility falls on the Arab countries
and the United Nations who have done all in
their power to perpetuate the situation of the
“Palestinian refugees” in the efforts against Israel.
The Palestinian Arabs – many of whom arrived

42 | The Palestinian Refugee Lie
in the Land of Israel as migrant workers following
the economic growth created by the Zionist
movement – see themselves as part of the Arab
nation. However, their Arab brethren fail to work
toward solving the refugee problem and instead
opt to sacrifice the “Palestinian refugees” on the
cruel political altar whose end is not in sight.
The demand for “right of return,” as averred by
the former Egyptian Foreign Minister in 1949, is a
propagandist invention to destroy the Jewish and
democratic character of the State of Israel. Thus far
we have seen how most of the Arabs in the Land of
Israel came as migrant workers, how they did not
have residency status nor were expelled from Israel,
and how Arab leaders encouraged them to leave
to return as victors with the Arab armies. For all of
these reasons and more, the onus to resettle the
“Palestinian refugees” lies with the Arab countries.
In recent years, the Israeli public and leaders
are beginning to understand how UNRWA is
perpetuating the problem, rather than working to
solve it. The Arab countries protested and continue

UNRWA Closure and Refugee Rehabilitation | 43
to protest the integration and rehabilitation of
“Palestinian refugees,” and UNRWA is the arm
through which they carry out this criminal policy.
UNRWA was created to perpetuate the Palestinian’s
refugee status, and it is excelling in its goal.
There have been several attempts and isolated
successes to fix the situation created by UNRWA,
including President Trump’s decision to cut US
aid to the organization, and a 2012 law passed
by the United States Senate requiring UNRWA to
report how many of the refugees who receive aid
were born prior to 1948. 44 However, there is only
one solution to the “Palestinian refugee” issue: the
closure of UNRWA.
Transferring the “Palestinian refugees” to the
jurisdiction of UNHCR would bring about their
rehabilitation, as it has done for tens of millions of
other refugees throughout the course of history.
The closure of UNRWA would not be an immediate
occurrence, but a gradual process that can only occur
if the countries financing it cease their support.
UNRWA’s billion-dollar budget should be

44 | The Palestinian Refugee Lie
diverted to disbanding the refugee camps and to
rehabilitating the “Palestinian refugees” in Arab
countries. At the same time, there needs to be
economic pressure on Arab countries to provide
their Palestinian residents with fundamental human
rights deserving of citizens under international law.
Lastly, there needs to be economic and political
pressure on the Palestinian Authority to similarly
disband the refugee camps and rehabilitate its
people.
Only once this occurs can true justice be achieved.45
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refugees-and-descendants52
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