Arafat Calls for Withdrawal
to Partition lines
and Return of Refugees to Israel
By Aaron Lerner Date: 22 October, 2000
In his speech yesterday at the Arab summit in Cairo, Yasser Arafat presented the following demand:
"Israel should lift the siege on our cities and people and withdraw from all the Palestinian and Arab territories, including holy Jerusalem, the capital of our independent Palestinian state. I reiterate that our goals are the liberation of our land, the establishment of our independent state on the blessed land of
Palestine with holy Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of refugees based on international legitimacy resolutions, especially Resolutions 181 and 194."
U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 from November 29, 1947 - before the creation of the State of Israel, calls for the partition of Palestine into an Israeli and Arab state with the Israeli state divided into three small segments. Ashdod, Jaffa (part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa), Nazareth, Acre, Naharia and other areas part of a Palestinian state and Jerusalem internationalized.
U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194 from December 11, 1948, calls for Holy Places to be under U.N. supervision; a special status and "international regime" for the Jerusalem area - stretching as far as Ein Kerem and Motza; and the return to within Israel of "refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors. . .at the earliest practical date."
The Oslo process was based on 242, a resolution that calls for withdraw to "secure and recognized borders" rather to a specific border. The Americans, British and even Russians involved in the preparation of this U.N. resolution made it clear that it provided Israel with considerable latitude.
While the above Palestinian demand is a position that is not acceptable to any Israeli Jew - even the members of the extremist Gush Shalom - for some reason there has been very little coverage of these demands in the Israeli media and the morning news/interview programs have completely ignored it.
Dr. Aaron Lerner is the Director IMRA (Independent
Media Review & Analysis)
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