Why do the Palestinians languish as refugees?

What possible benefit could the Hamas government give for keeping their own citizens from permanent housing?

After all, the Palestinians took control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 05 almost two years ago.

Myre says, “The Palestinian government has never been known for its efficiency…”

That’s perhaps the understatement of the year.

The U.N. defines a Palestinian refugee as someone whose “normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict or a descendant of anyone who became a refugee in 1948.” (bold mine)

Which means there will ALWAYS be Palestinian refugees regardless of how much time transpires, assuming the Palestinians continue to have kids, something they have not had any problems with.

The U.N. say they started with 900,000 recorded Palestinian refugees in 1950 to over 4.3 million Palestinian refugees today.

Whereas the United High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted 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 to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…”

So why does the U.N. treat the Palestinians different than ANY other refugee on the planet?

Could Hamas be stalling on building permanent residences for their own citizens so they can continue to play the perpetual victim card?

If Hamas wanted to end the economic blockade and provide housing they could do so immediately.

Of course that still doesn’t solve the problem the U.N. has set up, namely, the definition of a refugee. Even if Hamas provided permanent housing for its citizens, the U.N. would still list them as a refugee.

And the world will still blame Israel for the refugee problem the Palestinians could’ve solved decades ago.

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