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Elon Sweeps Away Palestinian Rights

Mr. Benny Elon’s failure to recognize that force alone can never sever the attachment of Palestinians to the homes and lands from which their parents were forcibly expelled starting in 1947 is nothing other than dangerous self-delusion. The fact that, in their minds, Palestinians identify with each other and with the land of Palestine cannot be bulldozed or erased by transferring them across the river Jordan.

It is sad that while Palestinian living memories only half a century old are represented as a sentimental “fantasy land,” Jews who have never before set foot in Palestine claim a right to “return” there after millennia. As long as the rights, history, and national aspirations of Palestinians are contemptuously dismissed as obstacles and a horrible nuisance, there will never be peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Shihab M Elborai G