Why are they still ‘refugees’?
The Oct. 1 news article “After setbacks, Palestinians see a few bright spots” used “refugees” regarding Palestinians. Three generations continue to be named as refugees. How many more generations will continue to do so? Survivors of the Armenian genocide by the Turks starting in 1915 ended up in countries such as France, the United States and others. In those nations, Armenians built successful lives, fully integrating and assimilating into their lands of refuge, shedding the appellation of “refugees.”
Jews who were expelled from Arab nations with no more than a suitcase followed the same pattern as the Armenians. Palestinians, by contrast, remain “refugees” as pawns of Arab nations that make political use of the appellation.