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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Abu Bluff: 'Do as I say, not as I do'

This is rich....

At a time when the 'Palestinian Authority' is urging Jordan to revoke the Jordanian citizenship of 'Palestinian refugees' who have lived in Jordan for generations - in order to 'consolidate their Palestinian identity' - 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen and Fatah's former Gaza thug in chief Mohamed Dahlan (who are themselves rivals) have both taken out Jordanian citizenship. And they're not alone. So has Abu Bluff's entire family and most of the 'Palestinian' leadership.
Atef Tarawneh, deputy speaker of the Jordanian parliament, denounced the decision to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Jordanians of Palestinian origin.

Tarawneh said that the decision was “harmful” to national unity and the constitution in Jordan.

He added that he recently met with King Abdullah II and warned him against the repercussions of revoking the citizenships. He said that the decision has harmed investment in the kingdom because dozens of Jordanian-Palestinian businessmen living abroad were afraid to return home out of fear that the authorities would confiscate their passports.

According to the Londonbased Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, a significant number of PA leaders are registered as full Jordanian citizens.

The paper pointed out that the leaders applied for Jordanian citizenship at a time when they were urging the Jordanian authorities to stop giving Palestinians Jordanian citizenship, in order to “consolidate their Palestinian identity.” The Jordanian government had justified its decision to strip Palestinians of their citizenship by using the same argument.

However, the Jordanians have long seen the Palestinian majority in the kingdom as a demographic threat.

The decision to rescind the citizenship of tens of thousands of Palestinians is seen in the context of this fear.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi quoted sources in Amman as saying that Abbas and his entire family carry Jordanian passports.

Other PA leaders who carry Jordanian passports include former PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei, Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh and Fatah’s Muhammad Dahlan.

The paper did not say when the Palestinian officials were given Jordanian citizenship. PA spokesmen in Ramallah refused to comment on the report.

A Fatah official, however, said that he was not surprised to hear that Palestinian leaders were carrying Jordanian passports. He said he believed most of the PA leaders had applied for and received Jordanian passports in the past 15 years.

In an editorial, Al-Quds Al- Arabi criticized the Palestinian leaders who applied for Jordanian citizenship.

“This is shameful for them because they and their families should be proud of their Palestinian citizenship,” the paper wrote. “If they don’t believe in their own citizenship and are not proud of it, this means that they are not loyal to the Palestinian Authority and don’t deserve to speak on its behalf.”

The paper noted that it was the PA leaders who had asked for Jordanian citizenship, and not the Jordanians who had offered it.

“They were the ones who applied for it, and perhaps they had embarrassed senior Jordanian government officials with the requests,” it wrote.

The Jordanians were unable to reject the applications “out of courtesy and generosity,” the paper said.
'Palestinian citizenship' is kind of like American taxes: It's for the little people. No wonder Abu Bluff and his crew get along so well with the Obami.


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At 8:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Abu Bluff and the Palestinian leaders are opposed to allowing stateless Palestinian Arabs to become citizens of the countries in which they live.

Now that's rich!


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