Why are they still ‘refugees’?

The Washington Post - - FREE FOR ALL - Brenda Leven­son, Alexan­dria

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.

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