Once again Ariel Sharon gloats in his latest gleeful sense of getting one over on the Arabs. George W. Bush has explicitly denied the Palestinian refugees right of return with the argument of ‘demographic realities’. This argument basically runs like this. Even though the Palestinian right of return exists within international law it has been denied the Palestinians so long (going back to 1949 in many cases) that it seems unreasonable to grant this right under international law to them any more. There are after all Israelis occupying the land who have been there for several generations now.
The irony of course is that the foundation of the state of Israel was itself based on far more extreme claims to a right of return. A right based on no international law, but on one supposed interpretation of religious scripture-The Bible.
Double standards? Well, tell me something I don’t know.