The Mystery of the Missing Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Monument


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For the past four years, adjacent to the UNRWA headquarters, the Al Aida refugee facility in Bethlehem hosted a two-ton key rested on top of the entrance to Al Aida, which is shaped in the likeness of a mammoth keyhole.

That mammoth key and keyhole were erected at the entrance to the UNRWA Al Aida refugee facility during a celebration on May 15, 2008, to mark 60 years since the creation of Israel and the displacement of Arabs who consider themselves to be refugees entitled to the “right of return” to Arab villages which no longer exist inside Israel.

This week, however, when a news crew visited the Al Aida refugee facility in Bethlehem, the journalists discovered that the massive two-ton key was missing.

Rather than contact the UNRWA lost and found department, the reporters asked UNRWA residents about the whereabouts of the missing key. They had no idea.

The reporters asked UNRWA officials, who also said that they did not know.

Had there been sudden misgivings about the key to the right of return, the  subject that forms the basis of UNRWA education?

Hardly.

A google search on the Arab media led to the discovery of the key’s whereabouts: The Palestinian Authority is taking the key on a tour of…Germany

Here is the link to an Arab media report about the tour of the key in Germany.

This key has been taken on a PLO public relations campaign to promote German support for the right of descendants of Arab refugees to take back  531 Arab villages that they claim from 1948, which have been replaced by Israeli towns, collective farms and woodlands within Israel’s 1967 lines.

Germany’s role in any campaign to promote the “right of return” to homes from the 1940s may be considered to be unusual, since nine million Germans who were forced out of their homes after World War II have never demanded the “right of return” to places like East Prussia and the Sudetenland.

However, Germany  plays an important role in the promotion of the Arab “right of return” to Arab villages from the 1940s which no longer exist.

A case in point. A consistent aspect of cultural life in the UNRWA camps are  film screenings in the UNRWA youth clubs which motivate descendants of Arab refugees to long for the Palestinian “right to return” to villages that they left in 1948.

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  • KKKK

    the "palestinian refugee problem" only came about because of the Arabs insistance and war. the new Jeiwhs State of Israel was defnding itself aganist a tsunami of Arab Muslim inavders from all around, yet defended herself amazingly well. the Muslim Arabs livng there who fled the fighting only did so becuase they wanted to be with their fellow Musims, even though the latter did not give them abything except hell-like camps to live in. they remain there to this day because of propaganda purposes. and dont forget the 1 million Jewish people who fleed Arab and Muslim lands during the same war.

    • Sage on the Stage

      I've counted eight spelling errors in your six-line comment above. Didn't they teach spelling in the public school you attended?

      • Snorbak

        For someone with such an elitist attitude (public school reference), you have failed to reply to his/ her comments with anything of substance, rendering your 2 line reply pointless!

        • WilliamJamesWard

          Good point…………….William

  • Bud MacFarlan

    It's Merkels new chastity belt.

  • truther

    so right you are. wherever islam goes, evil and darkness spreads.

  • Schlomotion

    I remember reading a lot about the "right of return" of art stolen by the Nazis from wealthy Jewish families in WWII. There was no statute of limitations as far as Jews were concerned in getting their grandparents' luxury items back. In this case, people are talking about a right of return to land they were ethnically cleansed from. The smugness of saying that such places no longer exist because Israelis gobbled them up does not pass scrutiny. Just type the keywords "vanishing Jews" into a search engine to read the mascara-stained laments about having a "right of return" everywhere on Earth. Or if you are lazy, just click the link:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=vanishing+jew&…

    • stern

      To begin with, to even compare art stolen from Jews who were innocent victims of the Nazis, with homes lost by Arabs after their brothers attacked the newborn state of Israel does nothing more than illustrate the absolute depths to which you will sink in your attempts to vilify Jews. The putrescence emanating from your brain (if you can call it that) is overwhelming. The rest of this post is not addressed to you as you are beneath contempt and not worth of a reply. However, I do wish to address the accusation of "ethnic cleansing" that so many people level against Israel.

      Let's consider the facts.

      1. Before 1948, Jews and Arabs lived all over the Holy Land, including in the Old City of Jerusalem.
      2. After the Arab world attacked Israel and Israel successfully fought them off, there were approximately 140,000 Arabs still living in what became the State of Israel – about one-fifth of the total population, a proportion that still holds today.
      3. At the same time, there was not a single Jew in the Old City of Jerusalem, on the West Bank or in Gaza. Not one. (A situation which the Palestinian Authority has made no bones about perpetuating. Abbas has told the world in no uncertain terms that there is no room for any Jews in "Palestine").

      These facts are indisputable and easily verifiable. Knowing them, please ask yourself exactly who was – and remains – guilty of "ethnic cleansing".

      • Schlomotion

        Arabs "attacked the newborn."

        That was a good spot of rhetoric. Let's roll with it:

        When will Israel cut the umbilical cord to the United States?
        When will it stop crawling all over the Levant putting everything in its mouth?
        When will it stop taking toys from the other kids and crying that nobody is sharing?
        When will it be able to survive without a security wall crib?
        When will people stop referring to it in months when it is years old?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Short modern history of "The Religion of Peace"

          - 9/11
          - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
          - Bombing of Pan Am 103
          - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
          - Madrid train bombing
          - Bali bombing
          - Beslan school hijacking massacre
          - Mumbai India massacre
          - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
          - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
          - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
          - richard reid sneaker bomber
          - Nigerian underwear bomber
          - Times Square SUV bomber
          - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
          - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
          - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
          - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
          - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
          - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
          - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
          - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
          - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
          - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
          - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
          - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
          - Fort Hood massacre
          - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
          - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
          - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
          - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
          - Empire State Building observation deck murders
          - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
          - wahabbi / salafi fascism
          - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
          - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
          - synagogue bombings in Turkey
          - church bombings in Nigeria
          - church bombings in Pakistan
          - mosque bombings in Iraq

          Happy Eternal Nakba!

          • aspacia

            Good, but the list is limited as you well know.

        • bkopicz

          When will you shut up

        • stern

          As I said, I wasn't talking to you, which is just as well, because you have now descended to the absolutely puerile.

        • reader

          Here's a bit of rhetoric:

          Do you have responsible adults in your family?
          When will they realize the need for committing you to a mental institution?

      • aspacia

        BRAVO STERN! BRAVO!

    • ziontruth

      More interventionist, side-taking drivel from our resident "isolationist" Paleocon POS.

  • Fred Remington

    U.N. Resolution 194 was rejected by both the Palestinians and the Arab nations because it was believed that to recognize it would give legitimacy to the new Jewish state. In addition, 194 imposed both a time limit and a limit to the number of refugees that Israel would be expected to settle. Never in history have the second, third and forth generations of hostile refugees been expected to establish homes in the country they wish to destroy. This whole endeavor is a farce.

    Fred R.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Schlocky,

    Here is a video for you. A video to bring tears to your beady eyes.

    WW2 Victory in Europe Day: Beaten Nazis Sign Historic Surrender (1945) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFFEKPIB0J8

  • Ghostwriter

    And once again,Schlockmotion attacks Jews,this time for wanting things that were stolen from them by the Nazis. To this piece of garbage,Jews aren't supposed to have ANYTHING,including their lives. They're either to live as impoverished,oppressed people or dead. How can someone write such disgusting nonsense and claim to have a conscience when he clearly doesn't have one?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Will there ever be and end to the trouble the Germans cause the Jews. Thinking of the war Hitler
    started in Europe and the death and destruction and all of the displacement caused millions of
    people by Germans I have to wonder just how sick in the head they must be. The Germans
    should keep the key and sit on it. Were not the Muslims, Islamist allied and with Hitler and
    had their own SS Division. The German Government wants a right to return, I say OK but
    right after they return the lives of the millions they killed under their leadership…………William

  • http://www.westpointhotel.com/ Eric Canter

    I still can't get how someone is supposed to move something that big just like that. To top it all off, the locals didn't even notice that their precious monument had been taken away. Something's not adding up here.