â€śIsrael Hayomâ€ť newspaper, on Wednesday, unveiled an official Israeli document, issued by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which denies the existence of millions of Palestinian refugees.
The document affirms the need for settling the refugees residing in Jordan. It also claimsÂ that there are links between the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and Hamas, saying that the agency is exaggerating the number of refugees and blurring the facts, in order to keep the refugee issue instead of resolving it.
According to the PNN, the document considers that the â€śrefugeeâ€ťÂ classification applies to a very limited number of Palestinians, the same position expressed by the US administration in a report, recently, which states that there are only â€śtens of thousands of Palestinians refugeesâ€ť only, instead of the 5.3 million refugees registered with UNRWA.
The document referred to UN General Assembly Resolution 149, which states that refugees should be returned, claiming that the resolution is non-binding and that the General Assembly does not have the capacity to commit to decisions, but only recommendations.
Through the document, Israel called on the European countries to amend what it calledÂ a â€śhistorical mistakeâ€ť of granting UNRWA a mandate related to Palestinian refugees and their attachment to the United Nations refugee agency.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.