Just who is a Palestinian refugee?
Daniel Pipes refers to a recent initiative by US Senator Mark Kirk to divide the Palestinians into the usual definition of refugee as opposed to their descendents. The initiative, which would recognise that there are only about 30,000 of the original refugees left alive, was predictably met with great alarm by the US State Department, and the Jordanians.
As Pipes remarks, avoiding the refugee inflation up to 5 million and beyond, by focusing on the original refugees, would actually help move things forward towards peace. Further discussion here. and here.
Meanwhile our fearless Australian foreign minister is helping keep the Security Council bid staying alive by forwarding $90 million to UNRWA to assist the 3rd and4th generation of descendents of the refugees.