Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone ,has the right to leave any country including “her” own, and to return to “her” country.” Article 13, from the Universal Declaration of Human.Rights?
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Refugee Rights and Right of Return Resources
For where no straight line leads from home to birthplace to school to maturity, all events are accidents, all progress is a digression, all residence is exile. Edward Said
During the war of 1948 that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, close to one million Palestinians were expelled from their homes and over 500 Palestinian localities were destroyed. In Arabic this historical period is called the “Nakba” which means the great catastrophe or disaster. The Nakba destroyed the fabric of Palestinian life and the relationships between Jews and Palestinians.
It is in the psyche of every Palestinian that the Right of Return is a sacred right and that there can be no peace without it. It is also a basic right derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all international and regional covenants. It is an individual right derived from the Principle of Self Determination. It has no statute of limitation and cannot be extinguished by a treaty or the establishment of a state
The first formal move towards the recognition of a right of return was in UN General Assembly Resolution 194 passed on 11 December 1948 which provided (Article 11):
UN Resolution 194 has been repeatedly confirmed by the international community over 110 times in the last 50 years.
UNRWA has registered 4.8 million Palestinian refugees today. Many more are unregistered and living now in other countries and many others are internally displaced within Israel or Palestine as the ongoing destruction of villages, homes, and lives continues under settler colonization.
www.badil.org Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
www.ongoingnakba.org online media website for audio productions, short films, photo galleries
www.PalestineRemembered.com Palestine Remembered
TEDxRamallah-Sam Bahour: Refugees Waiting
Right of Return Conference Day 1 at Boston University: Salman Abu Sitta Keynote
Right of Return Conference Day 2 at Boston University: Noura Erakat (Badil) and Liat Rosenberg (Zochrot)
“Al Nakba—The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948
Video: Testimony by Dr. Ilan Pappe on Genocide in Palestine by Israel
My Neighborhood (about Sheik Jarrah) at www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/
1948---A different Story Part ½ lecture by Professor Ilan Pappe
The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians
Their story, their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today
George W, Ball & Douglas B. Ball, The Passionate Attachment
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Sharing the Land of Canaan
Greg Philo and Mike Berry, Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories
Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out
Ali Abunimah, One Country
Jonathon Cook, Blood and Religion
Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Illan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians
Israel Shahak, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Donald Neff, Fallen Pillars
Salman Abu-Sitta, Palestine Right of Return, Sacred, Legal, and Possible
Robert John & Sami Hadawi, Palestine Diary 1914-1945
Kathleen Christison, Perceptions of Palestine
John W. Mulhall, CSP, America and the founding of Israel
Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians
Stephen Green, Taking Sides
Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle
Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest
Virginia Tilley, The One State Solution
Norman Finkelstein, Beyond Chutzpah
John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby
Shira Robinson, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State
Fatima Kassem, Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory
Nahlo Abdo, Women in Israel: Race, Gender, and Citizenship
Dian Matar, What It Means To Be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood
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