02 June '15..
For years now the U.N. has been used as a platform to question the Jews right to their state. The Palestinian Return Centre is one of a string of terrorism abettors whose goal is to annihilate Israel, which is what is meant by "return," flooding Israel with millions of Arabs.
The hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled Israel in 1948 had not been here from time immemorial. Most of them arrived in the 19th century with Egyptian ruler Ibrahim Pasha, and later with the waves of Jewish aliyah and the launch of the British Mandate. Just look at how the U.N. defines Palestinian refugees (which, incidentally, is different than refugees anywhere else in the world): Anyone who was in Palestine two years before the State of Israel was established.
The PRC has strong ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Europeans and the U.N. know it. Beside the old and new anti-Semitism ("just" anti-Israelism), the false premise has existed for years that if the West sacrifices the Jewish state, it will be spared the sword of Islam. And now the PRC has been selected to advise the U.N. birds of a feather.
Here is one small example out of a sea of evidence of the group's connection to Hamas: In May 2007, the PRC held its fifth conference in Europe, this time in the Netherlands. For the thousandth time, it passed a resolution that no one had a right to make any concession whatsoever on the right of return of 5 million Palestinians. The guest of honor and keynote speaker was champion of human rights Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government in Gaza. He referred to the "murderous acts of the Zionist gangs in 1948" and compared the "Nakba" to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Nice.
The logo of the organization that is to advise the U.N. features the letter R, which stands for "return," and inside the R a map of the entire state of Israel (sorry, Palestine).
Anyone familiar with the murderous Hamas charter, which trumpets the destruction of Israel as a bedrock principle, will notice similar -- if somewhat obscured, for fear of the British authorities -- elements in the newsletter disseminated by the Alouda ("Return") organization. Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmad Yassin stars in it, alongside praise for the path of jihad and the "resistance," which in colloquial Arabic means "terrorism."
The Arab fatalism toward Jews and Israel has existed for years. The BDS and delegitimization movements change their faces every so often. They must not be treated lightly, but we also mustn't let them make us lose our heads.
Our ancient roots in this land are inconceivably deeper than any of these groups' mendacious propaganda. We need to work wisely, with patience and determination, and just as we succeeded on the battlefield, we can win the battle for hearts and minds.