The 'Right of Return' Debate Revisited

Abrahms, Max
September 2003
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin;Sep2003, Vol. 5 Issue 8/9, p10
Max Abrahms is a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he specializes in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Not since Israeli historian Benny Morris' controversial 1989 book,"The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem," has a single study impacted the public discourse over the right of return like the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research's July 2003 poll. According to Khalil Shikaki, the well-known director of this Ramallah-based institute, the survey reveals that while most Palestinian refugees demand the right of return to land captured by Israel in 1948, the overwhelming majority do not wish to actually exercise this right by relocating to Israel.


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