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Steve Rosen: “Someday all life on Earth will be a Palestinian refugee.”

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
May 26, 2012

In his May 25 blog post for Foreign Policy’s The Cable, Josh Rogin provocatively asks, “Did the State Department just create 5 million Palestinian refugees?”

Rogin is referring to a letter Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides recently wrote to Senator Patrick Leahy expressing State’s strong opposition to an amendment introduced by AIPAC darling Senator Mark Kirk that, in the words of Rogin, “would have required more in-depth reporting on how many UNRWA aid recipients are now living in the West Bank, Gaza, and other countries such as Jordan.” In the letter, Nides notes matter of factly that “UNRWA provides essential services for approximately five million refugees.” However, according to Rogin, “To experts and congressional officials following the issue, that declaration was remarkable because it was the first time the State Department had placed a number — 5 million — on the number of Palestinian refugees.” As Rogin explains:

At the heart of the issue is what constitutes a “refugee.” The entire thrust of the Kirk amendment was to challenge UNRWA’s definition, which includes the descendants of refugees — children, grandchildren, and so on. That has resulted in the number of Palestinian “refugees” skyrocketing from 750,000 in 1950 to the 5 million figure quoted by Nides today.

Revealingly, one of the “experts” Rogin cites as finding State’s 5 million figure “remarkable” is Steve Rosen. Neglecting to mention that Rosen was indicted on espionage charges in 2005, Rogin merely describes him as “a long time senior AIPAC official who now is the Washington director of the Middle East Forum,” and provides him with a platform for the following provocative and offensive statement:

“How many generations does it go?” asked Rosen. “I’m Jewish, and as a grandchild of several refugees, could I make a claim on all these countries? Where does it end? Someday all life on Earth will be a Palestinian refugee.”

Update: On February 21, Daniel Pipes had an article in the Washington Times titled “Eventually, All Humans Will Be Palestine Refugees” which sounds remarkably similar to Steve Rosen’s remark.

I also noticed that both FP’s Josh Rogin and FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer both use the exact same term — “skyrocketed” — to describe the natural growth in the number of Palestinian refugees.

Sounds like they’re following a script…

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

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  1. “Someday all life on Earth will be a Palestinian refugee.”

    Impossible. There has to be room for the ever-increasing numbers of Holocaust survivors.

    Anthony Lawson

    May 29, 2012 at 11:31 am


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