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The Right of Return

It is the right of all Palestinians who were expelled from their lands in Palestine in 1948 due to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the seizure of their properties, along with full compensation for the material and psychological damage they suffered as a result of that occupation.

It is a sacred right in the conscience of every Palestinian, and it is the first demand despite nearly sixty years of displacement. It is also a legal right guaranteed by human rights law and international treaties, and therefore cannot be waived because it is eternal at the individual and collective level, which cannot be removed by occupation, state sovereignty, treaty, or agreement, and no one has the right to waive it on behalf of others. International resolutions have affirmed the right of refugees to return to their homes under General Assembly Resolution 194, which has been affirmed by the United Nations more than 110 times. And because the occupation of land by force is illegitimate and will disappear with the disappearance of this force.

The right of return is possible because 78% of Jews live in 15% of the occupied Palestinian territories. 22% of them live in the remaining territories, which are Palestinian land that has been seized. Most Jews also live in cities, but only 2.7% of them use all the dormant Palestinian land and live in the kibbutz communities that have gone bankrupt, and many of their inhabitants have left. This means that only 200,000 Jews use 17,325,000 dunams, which is the heritage of 5,248,185 Palestinian refugees deprived of the right to return and crowded into refugee camps around the world.

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