Thabit slams UNRWA for ignoring the forced displacement of refugees

11/04/2011 – 11:55 AM

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Thabit organization for the right of return in Beirut strongly denounced the UNRWA for repudiating the forced migration of Palestinians from their homes in 1948.

Thabit organization said in a statement that the UNRWA in its bulletin number 100 on Naher Al-Bared included a short interview with an elderly man claiming that he just “crossed” into the Lebanese borders in 1948.

The organization emphasized that this elder did not cross the borders along with his family in order to spend a vacation or go on sightseeing, but he escaped from the massacres that were committed by Zionist militias in his village in 1948.

It said that it cannot judge the UNRWA’s intentions, but publishing the story in such manner means that this UN agency rejects that the Palestinians were expelled from their homes in 1948.

In a separate incident, the UNRWA staff union called for a series of strikes in all UNRWA institutions in protest at the unfair dismissal of some teachers.

The union accused on Sunday the UNRWA administration of arbitrarily axing three teachers who were acquitted by a Palestinian court of their involvement in a family dispute.

The union called on the UNRWA to respect the judicial decisions issued by Palestinian courts and return the teachers to their jobs.

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