A large group of rabbis belonging to the Coalition for Jewish Values has strongly criticized the Biden administration’s stance on the “Assistance to Palestinian Refugees,” text from which the US has abstained.
Calling the decision to abstain “quite disappointing”, the draft in question essentially demands “compensation” for descendants of Palestinian refugees who lost property when they fled their homes, as well as an unlimited “right of return” for Palestinian refugees to a sovereign Israel.
If passed, Israel would cease being the world’s only Jewish state, which is related to the work of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). As it stands, Israel was the sole country that opposed the text, which passed the General Assembly on Tuesday 160-1 with nine abstentions from the United States, Canada, Cameroon, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papa New Guinea and Uruguay.
“This resolution employed a blatantly anti-Semitic double standard, demanding ‘compensation’ for Arabs who left as advised by the genocidal Arab League, but no similar compensation from Arab states for the endemic ethnic cleansing of Jews and confiscation of their property, much less a ‘right of return’ to countries unsafe for Jews to enter. The [Biden] administration abstained on an issue of hate and bigotry. This is not moral leadership. The previous administration took the morally correct approach, and we did not expect its position to be so rapidly abandoned,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values.