# 3, Right of return - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tony Price
    • 29.05.06 | 11:16 (IDT)

    Perhaps the attitude is changing towards people thrown off their lands for whatever reason, and the treatment of the Germans you cite cannot be equated with that of the Palestinians; the former, due to anger, the latter due to convenience with the establishment of Israel. Also, the displaced Jews had a fledgling state to go to, and as with colonisers of past centuries, probably comforted themselves to some extent with the thought that they were helping to establish their new (Jewish) homeland. With modern international law the way it is, I imagine that being forced to accept something under duress immediately invalidates any agreement, and so lays the way open for endless litigation. Be honest: Religious attachment to the land is just as strong for Jews as for Palestinians. Isn't that the problem?

    from the article: Between prisoners and captives
    First published 00:00 29.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 29.05.06
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