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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

'Palestinians' in the Arab world

Khaled Abu Toameh asks why there is silence about the plight of 'Palestinians' in the Arab world.
When was the last time the United Nations Security Council met to condemn an Arab government for its mistreatment of Palestinians?

How come groups and individuals on university campuses in the US and Canada that call themselves "pro-Palestinian" remain silent when Jordan revokes the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians?

The plight of Palestinians living in Arab countries in general, and Lebanon in particular, is one that is often ignored by the mainstream media in West.

How come they turn a blind eye to the fact that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and many more Arab countries continue to impose severe travel restrictions on Palestinians?

And where do these groups and individuals stand regarding the current debate in Lebanon about whether to grant Palestinians long-denied basic rights, including employment, social security and medical care?

Or have they not heard about this debate at all? Probably not, since the case has failed to draw the attention of most Middle East correspondents and commentators.

A news story on the Palestinians that does not include an anti-Israel angle rarely makes it to the front pages of Western newspapers.
Yes, that's true, because if they can't berate the Jews as part of the report, why bother? No one cares about Arabs or Muslims unless they can be used as a club to beat the Jews.

But read the whole thing. I've done a couple of posts that talk about the effort to grant new rights to 'Palestinians' in Lebanon. He describes the current situation in much greater detail.


At 8:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Nothing is likely to happen. The world cares nothing about the Palestinians except as a way to get back at Israel. As for the rest of it, they could care less about their fate.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Marty Peretz of The New Republic has a new piece out about the Alice In Wonderland proximity talks that have created much ado about nothing. You wonder why they will go nowhere this year? Read this:

The Palestinians say...

...they cannot change the status of the talks without the support of the Arab League. Arab governments backed the original launch of proximity talks but are said to be deeply sceptical about direct negotiations. “There is much more opposition against Palestinian engagement in talks now than there was two months ago,” one Palestinian official said on Sunday.

"So much for the highly vaunted Arab League and Saudi initiatives, about which Obama has spoken so confidently."

"And, of course, about Gaza...nothing."

"Maybe there are some world problems that elude solving. They ebb and flow, they rise and recede, life goes on."

The Arab-Israeli conflict in short, is one of those problems that will not be solved in our lifetime. No arrangement diplomats can dream up is going to be acceptable to both sides.

And that is confirmed by the rest of the story here and the headline, which just about says it all:

Abbas Does Not Want To Negotiate With Israel; He Demands Israel Concede


At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole concept of the "Palestinians" was created to beat Israel over the head with.


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