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US-Canada plan to resettle 100,000 Palestinian refugees in Canada

Canadian activists gather in support of Palestine outside the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada [Tony Webster / Wikimedia]
Canadian activists gather in support of Palestine outside the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada on 31 August 2019 [Tony Webste/Wikimedia]

Canada is “to receive 100,000 Palestinians”, including 40,000 from Lebanon and another 60,000 from Syria as part of the US peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”, Palestinian official source has revealed to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

The Lebanese newspaper said that this came as a result of an American-Canadian understanding on this issue.

In addition, the newspaper said that there are similar understandings between the US and Spain that the latter is to receive 16,000 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and similar understandings with Belgium and France.

The official also revealed facilitations offered by the immigration networks and organisations which are active in the Palestinian refugee camps.

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Palestine refugees expert Tareq Hammoud said that these understandings, if they were validated, amount to “clear violations” of the rights of the Palestinian refugees guaranteed by international law as stated in UN Resolution 194 and other resolutions.

Speaking to Arabi21, Hammoud said: “Canada will be liable to legal consequences for such an agreement as it is a member in the special committee for the Palestinian refugees which stemmed from Madrid Conference.”

However, Press Secretary of Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen denied the report.

“Canada does not have such an agreement with the United States and there are no special programs currently being considered to resettle people from Lebanon or Syria.”

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