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Liberal MP Chandra Arya supports Palestinian “right of return”

Liberal Member of Parliament Chandra Arya (Nepean, ON) endorsed the Palestinian demand to implement the “right of return.”

On November 29, 2017 MP Arya posted the following:

Today I rose in the House to lend my voice for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The full text of my remarks are below:

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

The date of 29 November was chosen by the United Nations in 1977 because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people.

On this day in 1947, the United Nations adopted Partition Resolution that provided for the establishment in Palestine of a “Jewish State” and an “Arab State”, with Jerusalem as a corpus separatum under a special international regime. Of the two States to be created under this resolution, only one, Israel, has so far come into being.

Even today the question of Palestine remains unresolved and the Palestinian people have yet to attain their right to self-determination, the right to national independence and sovereignty, and the right to return to their homes and property, from which they have been displaced.

This is not acceptable, Mr. Speaker.


From a Palestinian perspective, the practical implication of the “right of return” is the removal of the Jewish population of the State of Israel from their homes in order to absorb millions of Palestinians defined as “refugees from 1948” and their generations of descendants.

The Law of The Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees

No. 1 of year 2008

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization

President of the Palestinian National Authority

After reviewing the Basic Law and its amendments and in particular Article 41 thereof; after reviewing the rules of procedure of the Legislative Council, and in particular Article 71 thereof; based on decisions of the Legislative Council at its meeting on November 22, 2007; having considered the letter of transmittal of the Legislative Council to the President of the Palestinian National Authority on December 8, 2007 and on behalf of the Arab Palestinian people, we have issued the following law:

Article 1


The below-mentioned words and phrases in this law have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:

The Palestinian refugee: Any Palestinian, and/or his/her descendents, who was deprived or is being deprived by the Zionist occupation from permanent residence in his/her original community in historic Palestine, and is being deprived from receiving full citizenship rights in it [historic Palestine], regardless of the date in which his right was denied, the way it was denied, immigration, displacement, deportation, expulsion, absence, naturalization, deprivation or any other measures denying his right of return.

Right of return of the Palestinian refugee: This is the right of return of the Palestinian refugees, who reside inside and outside Palestine, to their homes, property and rights in any part of historic Palestine, and [right] of compensation for the refugees and their descendants for past and future moral and material damages and/or damages to their property, houses and rights, [damages] which occurred directly or indirectly due to becoming refugees starting at that time until their return.

Article 2

The right of return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and property, and receiving compensation for their suffering, is an inalienable and enshrined right that cannot be compromised, replaced, reconsidered, interrelated or posed to a referendum.

Article 3

The right of return is natural, personal, collective, civil, political, inherited from father to son; it is not prescribed by passage of time or by signing any agreement and it cannot be abolished or waived in any way.

Article 4

A- The Zionist occupation bears full responsibility for the political, legal, humanitarian and moral suffering of the Palestinian people and the lack of recognition of its right to self-determination.

B- Britain bears historical responsibility for the suffering of the Palestinian people.

C- The international community bears full responsibility for the lifting and removal of the suffering of the Palestinian people.

D- The Palestinians have the right to sue the Zionist occupation and all who inflicted suffering to the Palestinian people and to demand compensation for physical or moral damages.

Article 5

The Palestinian refugees shall not be resettled or displaced as an alternative to the right of return.

Article 6

Anyone who violates the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of the crime of treason and will be subject to all criminal and civil penalties prescribed for this crime.

Article 7

Anything that contradicts this law is considered null and void, and any legislation or agreement that will derogate the right of return or contradict the provisions of this Act shall be deemed null and void.

Article 8

All competent authorities – each in his own jurisdiction – have to implement the provisions of this Act, and to act according to it as of the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Issued on: January 8, 2008 AD

Corresponding to: 29/Dhu al-Hija/1429 AH

Mahmoud Abbas

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization

President of the Palestinian National Authority

About Rachel Ehrenfeld

Rachel Ehrenfeld
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld is Founder and President of the New York-based American Center for Democracy, and the Economic Warfare Institute. Dr. Ehrenfeld has authored academic and policy papers and more than one thousand articles. Her books include FUNDING EVIL: How Terrorism is Financed – and How to Stop Ii (2011) • EVIL MONEY (HarperCollins, 1992,1994). Her latest book project is on The Economic Warfare against the U.S. from Within and Without. • NARCOTERRORISM (Basic Books, 1990, 1992).

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