Why are you playing semantics with the very simple and easily understood idea that refugees have a right to return to their homes? Are you trying to question the validity of the statement by deconstructing every phrase?
If that is your goal, come out and say it! Stop pussy-footing around with B.S. like “define the terminology…” and “It’s interesting that…” and just state that you are a Zionist who believes Jews are superior to everyone else, especially the Palestinians, and that the Palestinians should have no right of return.
Do you think that your clumsy word salad is going to convince any Mondoweiss readers that they should stop supporting the Palestinians and stop condemning Israel for the illegal, immoral occupation of Palestine?
If you think any of the sincere readers and commenters here are that stupid, you haven’t been paying attention.
Nathan: “We learn in the article that “the right of return is enshrined in the United Nations Resolution 194”, and a link is kindly provided therein. It’s not too clear to me why anyone who speaks English as a native tongue would come to the conclusion that the above quote defines a right of return.”
I can’t think of a more ignorant thing to say. It is impossible for anyone who speaks the English language to NOT understand the meaning of ““the right of return is enshrined in the United Nations Resolution 194.” As Talkback mentions, it’s based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was proclaimed by the United Nations general assembly in Paris on January 10th, 1948, one day… before resolution 194 was passed. It means the Palestinians have a right of return.
And as you probably know, the Israelis never had any intention of granting the Palestinian refugees the right of return. In fact before negotiations started the Knesset passed a law that no Israeli negotiator would be allowed to even discuss the right of return for the Palestinian refugees… hence the hedge about “… be resolved in the final settlement”.
And as everyone knows by now, the Israelis never have any intention of reaching a “final settlement”…