Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Palestinians Are Victims Of Apartheid and Brutality
In The Arab World

For the past 57 Palestinians who fled their land during the war in 1948 - when Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq attacked Israel - have been refused the right to most any form of gainful employment. Recently conditions have slightly improved. From Palestine Media Center, via Supernatural Blog:

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon welcomed as a "first step" a Lebanese government decision on Monday allowing Palestinians born in Lebanon to practice a limited number of professions they were excluded from for 57 years. There are 400,000 registered Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, 90% of whom were born there. Anyone aged 57 or younger will benefit from the work permit. The move brings Lebanon more in line with other Arab countries who long ago granted Palestinian refugees the right to work, and in some cases have offered them citizenship.

However, despite the new measure, Palestinian workers in Lebanon will be restricted to manual and clerical work. "They can work in a company or as a guard but not as doctors or engineers, for example; it is not really fair," said DFLP member Suhail al-Natour.

Supernatural Blog comments:

The strategy of the Arab world has always been to persist the plight of the Palestinian people. By ensuring that their conditions did not improve the Arab world has used them as a pawn around which a rallying point for Israeli hatred was created.

That might sound a little hard to believe, that Arabs would conspire to keep Palestinians in such a debased state. But, just ask yourself these questions:

1) Why, when Arabs all over the world are supposedly so angry about the conditions in which Palestinians live, do the Arabs not help the Palestinians within their own countries?

2) Why did Jordan enact a massacre upon the Palestinians, killing five to ten thousand people?

3) Why did PLO Executive Committee member, Zaheir Muhsein, say this:

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."