Dora McPhee (VIC) responds to Jamie Hyams’ “UN cherry-picking” in the Australian Financial Review 16May11 PUBLISHED May 17, 2011

Australian Financial Review: “UN cherry-picking” by Jamie Hyams, 16 May 2011

Jamie Hyams is very wrong on the question of the Palestinian Right of Return
in “UN cherry-picking” (16/5/11).

The Palestinian Right of Return is an inalienable right with solid legal
basis in : the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of racial Discrimination and the
International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

While a General Assembly Resolution is non-binding he fails to point out
that the United Nations has affirmed the General Assembly Resolution 194, on
the Palestinian Right of Return over 110 times since its introduction and
Israel’s admission to the UN was conditional on its acceptance of this
resolution.

The Palestinian Right of Return is an inalienable right that is not
negotiable and cannot be given away.

International law considers agreements between an occupier and the occupied
to be null and void if they deprive civilians of recognised rights including
the rights of repatriation and restitution.


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