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Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date ...

This quotation is the basis of the Arab argument that the United Nations decided that the Palestinian refugees who left Israel upon its creation at the urging of some Arab leaders. Other’s opposing this point of view observe that only the Security Council’s resolutions are binding and the General Assembly resolutions have no weight in International Law. Further that the Arab Refugees do not want to “live at peace” as is required in the resolution. Numerous surveys demonstrate the desire of most of the Palestinian refugees to support efforts to expel the Jewish Israelis from Israel. The other barrier is that there are tens of thousands of Jews who were forcibly ejected from Arab countries for whom no country is offering a right of return. The irony of Resolution 194 is that it was opposed by every Arab country at the time.

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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that was tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. In 24 October 1945, at the end of World War II, the organization was established with the aim of preventing future wars. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The UN is the successor of the ineffective League of Nations.

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