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November 30, 1950 Israel Offers Peace
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November 30, 1950 Israel Offers Peace

Israel’s Foreign Minister (e.g. Moshe Sharett) told the Ad Hoc Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly: “We are as ever ready to enter into direct negotiations with any or all of our neighbors, either independently or under the auspices of the conciliation commission, with a view to the final settlement of all outstanding […]

November 29, 1950 Arab Refugees
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November 29, 1950 Arab Refugees

In the debate held on the subject in the Ad Hoc Political Committee of the Fifth General Assembly of the UN on November 29th, 1950, Lord Macdonald, the United Kingdom delegate, pointed out the resettlement in Arab lands with the payment of compensation was in their best interests.  He said: “It was questionable whether the […]

November 20, 1950 Arab Refugees
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November 20, 1950 Arab Refugees

“Evidence that Syria would seriously consider” the resettlement of 450,000 refugees who “might choose to live in Syria voluntarily if given full compensation by Israel and adequately financed internationally.” Source:  73

November 7, 1950 Arab Refugees
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November 7, 1950 Arab Refugees

In the course of the debate which preceded adoption, speakers underscored that the return of the refugees to Palestine (Israel) was not in their own interest. Thus, the delegate of Canada, M.H. Lapointe, said: “My delegation hoped that the refugees would be told that their future would be more promising if they agreed to permanent […]

October 23, 1950 Arab Refugees
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October 23, 1950 Arab Refugees

The United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission stated that “Having the interest of the refugees itself in mind [they] should be afforded every opportunity to realize that the conditions they would find on returning to their homes would differ greatly from those to which they were accustomed.” While continuing to recommend the return of “That number […]

September 21, 1950 Israel Offers Peace
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September 21, 1950 Israel Offers Peace

Israel offered again through the Palestine Conciliation Commission to sign non-aggression pacts. Source:  73

May 8, 1950 Israel Offers Peace
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May 8, 1950 Israel Offers Peace

Israel offered through the Palestine Conciliation Commission to negotiate outstanding questions with any or all of the Arab States. Israel’s Foreign Minister told the Palestine Conciliation Commission: “I WISH TO REAFFIRM CATEGORICALLY THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH ANY STATE WHICH ANNOUNCES ITS READINESS TO CONCLUDE A FINAL SETTLEMENT OF ALL […]

April 6, 1950 Arab Refugees
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April 6, 1950 Arab Refugees

Elizabeth Monroe, a U.S.A. expert of Middle East affairs, reporting on a trip to Jordan and Israel said: “The other Arab states are uncaring about the ruin of Jordan so long as they are balking Israel.  To an individual refugee, their attitude is compassionate and kind, but they are ruthless about individuals whom they do […]

April 6, 1950 Arab Refugees – Fifth Column
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April 6, 1950 Arab Refugees – Fifth Column

Lebanon weekly “Al Ziyyad” suggested that the Arab States should recognize the State of Israel “de facto”, since as a result of such recognition a “Fifth Column” of Arabs would love Israel. “…the return of all the refugees to their homes would be secured. Thereby we should, on the one hand, eliminate the refugee problem […]

March 1, 1950 175,000 Jewish Refugees from Iraq
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March 1, 1950 175,000 Jewish Refugees from Iraq

The Iraqi Parliament passed a law permitting the exit of all Iraqi Jews, provided they signed a declaration renouncing their citizenship.  The time period for registration for departure was limited to one year, and subsequently extended for three months. The Jews of Iraq, fearful of the anti-Semitic purges, seized this opportunity to leave the country; […]