Nasrallah Warns U.S. Plan Could Naturalize Palestinian Refugees

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that a long-delayed U.S peace plan could see Palestinian refugees permanently settled in host countries across the region.

Speaking days after the U.S. announced a May conference in Bahrain to lay out economic aspects of its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Nasrallah warned of an "ominous deal aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause."

He said the conference's focus on economic issues "may open the door wide open to the question of naturalizing the Palestinian brothers in Lebanon and the countries where they are located."

The right of return for more than 700,000 refugees who were expelled or fled during the creation of the State of Israel in the late 1940s -- and their millions of descendants -- is a key pillar of the Palestinian cause.

The vast majority cling tightly to hopes, enshrined in a key U.N. Security Council resolution, of returning to lands their families once owned but which are now inside Israel.

An estimated 174,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, according to a census by national authorities in 2017. 

The U.N. estimates there are tens of thousands more.

Hizbullah has long championed the Palestinian cause, but the Palestinian presence is controversial in Lebanon, where many blame them for causing the bitter civil war that ravaged the country between 1975 and 1990.

Lebanon's Palestinian camps suffer poverty, overcrowding, unemployment, poor and dangerous housing conditions and a lack of infrastructure.

Today, "it's not enough to say we're all against naturalization -- the danger of naturalization is approaching," Nasrallah said during a televised address marking the 19th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

He called for an urgent meeting between government and Palestinian officials in Lebanon to "develop a plan to confront the danger."

The Palestinians have boycotted the U.S. administration since December 2017, when Trump broke with decades of international consensus and recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians consider the eastern part of the city the capital of their future state, fear the U.S. plan will be heavily biased in favour of Israel.

The Palestinian leadership has said it will boycott the June 25-26 meeting in Manama, where the declared aim is to promote Palestinian prosperity as part of Trump's "deal of the century".

The Trump administration is expected to unveil its long-awaited plan possibly as early as next month.

The Bahrain conference could see large-scale investment pledges for the Palestinian territories but is unlikely to focus heavily on the political issues at the core of the conflict, such as the question of Palestinian refugees.

Comments 9
Thumb thepatriot 26 May 2019, 11:11

If there is one thing all Lebanese agree about, it is the non naturalisation of the Palestinians. No one wants that. What is the goat talking about? Is he in need of popularity??

Thumb eagledawn 26 May 2019, 11:42

The day this evil iranian sectarian terrorist is brutally and violently murdered is the day we celebrate our true independence.

Thumb eagledawn 26 May 2019, 11:43

Great picture, he looks like an unwashed shia terrorist (Huthi), and that's closer to his true character than the religious uniform he dishonored and desecrated for decades.

As to his speech: nice cartload of BS.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 26 May 2019, 15:26

مقدمـة الدسـتور
" ط - ...لا تجزئة ولا تقسيم ولا توطين"

That's already addressed in the Lebanese Constitution, a Constitution his Iranian militia keeps obstructing and converting to suit it's own ends.

Thumb janoubi 26 May 2019, 18:02

Exactly, they have to amend the constitution.

Missing greatpierro 26 May 2019, 15:39

Nasrallah enough of this Palestinian rhetoric to justify your existence as the dog of the Iranians. Palestinian refugees now amount to less then 170 000 people in Lebanon (Unerwa figures). Most of them left Lebanon as living conditions in the camps and their quasi inexistant rights pushed to immigrate. The only challenge for the Lebanese society are the Syrian refugees that the Assad regime is not allowing them to return

Missing phillipo 26 May 2019, 18:56

Could you please enlighten me on what is a refugee.
As far as I have understood for the last 70 years of my existance, it was someone who left their homeland not they wanted to, but were virtually forced to.
According to 99% of the world this does not include their children, grandchildren and great-children all born outside the borders of their country. So why are the Palestinians the only ones who have a different definitions.
Using their definition can I claim to be a refugee as my great-great-great grandfather left Czarist Russia in 1905, I very much doubt it, or can my wife claim to be a refugee as her great-grandmother left Iraq for India in 1910?

Thumb Mrknowitall 26 May 2019, 21:12

Correct me on this but I'm pretty sure non of the Jewish refugees who left the "Land of Israel" in around 500BC where still around in 1948 to claim right of return, except maybe Mel Brooks' 2000 year old man.

Missing phillipo 27 May 2019, 16:00

Mr.knowitall - you don't even try to answer what I wrote in my comments which makes me think that you did not even bother reading them, otherwise your answer would not have been what it was.
Nobody is attempting to go back 2500 years, nor even 250 years, only 114 which is not so much more than the claims of the 1947-8 Palestinian refugees, or for instance the 800-900,000 Jewish refugees expelled from the Arab States in the same 1947-8 and later periods.