Jul 23 2009
Jordanian authorities have started revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians living in Jordan to avoid a situation in which they would be “resettled” permanently in the kingdom.
*But the land that is now Jordan and the West Bank were the areas designated by the UN to be the Palestinian state in 1948. So the Arabs of Palestine and Israel rightly belong in Jordan, their designated state. Jordan is home to nearly 3.5 million Palestinians, including 1.8 million refugees who arrived after the 1948 war with Israel (because the Arabs told them to leave Israel, Israel did not kick them out). For the past 61 years these refugees have been forced to live in the 13 refugee camps scattered across the Jordanian kingdom.
The new measure has increased tensions between Jordanians and Palestinians, who make up around 70 percent of the kingdom’s population.
The tensions reached their peak over the weekend when tens of thousands of fans of Jordan’s Al-Faisali soccer team chanted slogans condemning Palestinians as traitors and collaborators with Israel. Al-Faisali was playing the rival Wihdat soccer team, made up of Jordanian-Palestinians, in the Jordanian town of Zarqa.
Anti-riot policemen had to interfere to stop the Jordanian fans from lynching the Wihdat team members and their fans, eyewitnesses reported. They said the Jordanian fans of Al-Faisali hurled empty bottles and fireworks at the Palestinian players and their supporters.
Reports in a number of Jordanian newspapers said that the Jordanian fans also chanted anti-Palestinian slogans and cursed Palestine, the PLO, Jerusalem and the Aksa Mosque. Prince Ali bin Hussein, chairman of Jordan’s National Football Association, strongly condemned the racist slurs chanted by Jordanian fans.
“Many Palestinians living in Jordan are convinced that the Jordanian authorities are trying to squeeze them out,” said Ismail Jaber, a West Bank lawyer who has been living in the kingdom for nearly 20 years. “There is growing discontent and uncertainty among Palestinians here.”
Several Jordanian government officials, they said, are convinced that Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are secretly working toward turning Jordan into a Palestinian state. (No, it already is the Palestinian state. See above*)
The Jordanians have justified the latest measure by arguing that it’s aimed at avoiding a situation in which the Palestinians would ever be prevented from returning to their original homes inside Israel. (HAH!) JERUSALEM POST
I wonder if King Abdullah’s wife, Queen Rania will have her citizenship revoked? Formerly Rania Al-Yasin, she was born in Kuwait to a Jordanian family of Palestinian origin. H/T JIMBO
Apparently, the Lebanese are not thrilled about having Palestinians in Lebanon either. They’ve kept 200,000 of them living like prisoners in refugee camps for decades without granting them legal status.
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