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I guess the general underlying assumption is that the refugee condition is only temporary, which more often than not becomes a cruel farce (and nowhere is this more crass than in the case of the Palestinians). Generally speaking, aid policies need to recognize a point where the focus must be shifted from relief to resettlement, but that is probably a very hot potato politically.

Just as an exercise, I wonder what it would cost to make the Gazans Egyptian citizens (and not just at the proletariat level)?

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jan 6th, 2009 at 01:12:48 PM EST
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