For Palestinians, ‘right of return’ remains ink on paper

SHAFAQNA – According to Anadolu News Agency reported that ” Sixty-seven years have passed since the Palestinian Nakba and the forced eviction of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homes and villages. Nevertheless, the only UN resolution granting these Palestinians the right to return to their homes and villages continues to be mere ink on paper. On Dec. 11, 1948, the UN General Assembly issued Resolution 194. Thirty-five UN member states approved the resolution, 15 rejected it and eight abstained from voting. The resolution sent a ray of hope to Palestinians forcibly evicted from their villages after the creation of the state of Israel.

Nevertheless, year after year, this ray of hope has turned into frustration – and then fury – because of the failure to implement the resolution. This failure boils down to the fact – among other things – that UN General Assembly resolutions are not binding. Article 11 of the resolution says that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.

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