(Editor’s note: Joseph Farah is on vacation. The following is a repeat of his popular Nov. 17, 2015, column, “Refugees? What about the ‘Palestinians’?”)

I have a serious question.

Why is Barack Obama hell-bent on resettling thousands of overwhelmingly Syrian Sunni Muslim “refugees” in America when we constantly hear about the plight of so-called “Palestinian” refugees who have been presumably waiting in line for resettlement for 48 to 67 years creating what we’re told is the most grievous injustice on the planet today?

Obama and his supporters say they believe solving the Palestinian “refugee” crisis is the key to peace in the Middle East.

It has been suggested that a permanent “Arab Spring” is just waiting to break out once these “Palestinian refugees,” who have been waiting and waiting and waiting for a solution to their plight, get justice.

So why aren’t the United Nations and Obama doing anything to resettle those poor, oppressed “Palestinian refugees” in the U.S. or in Europe?

Far be it for me to give the U.N. and Obama any ideas, but the question needs to be asked.

Why aren’t world leaders and various countries debating over how many “Palestinians” they will take in? Why are they focused only on this brand new “refugee” crisis?

This is a question no one dares ask. No one even considers it. When was the last time you heard the “Palestinian refugee” question addressed the way the Syrian Sunni Muslim crisis is being discussed?

The answer, of course, is never.

Why is that?

Why isn’t Sweden opening its borders to tens of thousands of “Palestinians”?

Why didn’t France do it?

Why didn’t any European country think of it?

Why didn’t any Muslim nation in the world consider it?

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The answer is very simple.

Because the so-called “Palestinian refugees” serve an important purpose to the Arab powers, the Muslim nations of the world, the United Nations and the U.S. and Western Europe.

The “Palestinian refugees” represent the eternal grievance against the one and only free state in the Middle East and the one and only Jewish state in the world.

Those who use this “crisis” as a wedge of hate and agitation against Israel don’t really want to see this “refugee” crisis solved. If it were solved, then Israel would be at peace. The so-called “Palestinian” cause is the asymmetrical war of wars against the Jewish state. Having failed to destroy Israel through several conventional wars since 1948, the Arab nations finally found an alternative following the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Yasser Arafat handed it to them on a silver platter. The U.N. bought into it. The European elite bought into it. And the U.S. bought into it.

The solution has been the so-called “two-state solution” – even though another two-state solution was arranged in the mid-1940s when Jordan was created as an Arab Palestinian state and Israel as the Jewish state.

If something doesn’t work the first time, progressives believe, try it again and again until it works. Make the victim of terrorism, in this case Israel, pay a bigger and bigger price.

That’s why there is no thought of resettling Arab Palestinians anywhere else in the world. Nor is there any thought of forcing Arab Muslims nations to take them in any more than there is a thought of getting Saudi Arabia, with all of its land and riches, to help resolve either refugee crisis – old or new.

Do you get it?

Those who blame Israel for the Palestinian Arab refugee problem wouldn’t have a grievance against Israel if they actually resettled those refugees. They wouldn’t have an opportunity to use the Arab Palestinians as pawns in an asymmetrical war against the Jewish state. They would no longer have an excuse to falsely label Israel as an apartheid state. It’s never really been about a just solution for Arab Palestinian refugees displaced through no fault by Israel.

Even though Palestinians wait and wait for a permanent solution, the Syrian Sunni Muslim “refugees” jump to the head of the resettlement line.

Amazing, isn’t it?

And no one even asks the simple question.

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