Arab states shouldn't help Israel with this

The letter of Dec. 10 (Oakland Tribune/BANG online) by June Brott commenting on my article requires clarification to provide accurate information to your distinguished readers.

As a result of Zionist organizations' terror campaign in the 1940s, hundreds of thousand of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes, and to settle in the Arab countries as refugees. Rules of international law regarding refugees provide them three choices: to return back to their homes, to settle in the countries where they live, or to choose a third country. The greatest majority of Palestinian refugees want to go back to their homes in towns and villages including Jaffa, Acre and Lod. The United Nations General Assembly adopted many resolutions calling for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes.

The 1994 Oslo Accords between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel include a provision for resolving the question of Palestinian refugees. The negotiations for the proposed final treaty between Israel and Palestine must provide an agreed-upon and just settlement to the question of Palestinian refugees, including the right to return to their homes.

In my lectures in the community, occasionally I am asked by pro-Israeli individuals similar questions about "the failure of the Arab states to take Palestinian refugees." My answer is, "Why should the Arab states be involved in the Israeli designs to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from Palestine?" No one could condone ethnic cleansing of peoples from their, and their ancestors,' homelands. Therefore, the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland is the cornerstone for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Amer Araim

Walnut Creek Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Diablo Valley College