The Arabs’ Indifference to Palestinians


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In Jordan, in what is reminiscent of pre-World-War-II Nazi policy towards Jews, Palestinians who move from the West Bank to the kingdom are issued yellow ID cards to distinguish them. Since 1988, thousands of yellow-ID-card-carrying Palestinians have been prevented from becoming permanent Jordanian residents. In 2009, Jordan’s Interior Minister, Nayef al-Kadi, explained that the policy’s “goal is to prevent Israel from emptying the Palestinian territories of their original inhabitants.… We are fulfilling our national duty[.]”

In Saudi Arabia, an estimated 500,000 Palestinians are not allowed to hold or even apply for citizenship. Adding insult to injury, a law passed by Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers in October 2004, entitling expatriates of all nationalities residing in the kingdom for ten years to apply for citizenship, explicitly excluded Palestinians. Why? Because of Arab League instructions “to avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland.”

In 1991, at the end of the Gulf War, Kuwait expelled some 450,000 Palestinians, a response to the alliance forged between Yasser Arafat’s PLO and Saddam Hussein, who had earlier invaded Kuwait.

The list goes on and on; and with each example, life under Israeli “occupation” becomes all the more attractive. In the words of Alan Dershowitz:

[T]he residents of Gaza are far better off than the residents of many Arab areas in the Middle East. Medical care is better, infant mortality is lower, longevity is higher, employment is increasing, cars are plentiful, food is more available and the quality of water and air is higher.… [And] the only Arabs in the region whose lives, in every respect, are better than those who live in Gaza, are the citizens of the West Bank.

The general indifference towards, if not purposeful repression of, Palestinians in Arab countries has been compounded by the upheavals currently taking place throughout the Middle East (i.e. the “Arab Spring”). This, coupled with the fact that Palestinian society is largely maintained by Western aid, suggests that the time is ripe for the West to impose its own terms on the Palestinians, specifically that the Palestinian leadership recognize Israel’s legitimacy as a prerequisite to statehood, rather than continue to acquiesce to Arab countries, whose commitment to the Palestinian cause is questionable at best.

In other words, it is time to call the Arabs’ bluff.

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  • maturin20

    If we made aid to Palestinians contingent upon accepting Israeli legitimacy, which I think is what you're saying, wouldn't that create an opportunity for Arab countries to restore their missing aid to Palestine and seize the moral high ground?

  • Clare

    WAY.

  • StephenD

    Our first and ONLY response should be an unequivocal demand for them to Cease and Desist all aggression toward Israel. Tell the world in no uncertain terms that Israel is our friend and any aggression toward her is toward us and we will respond swiftly and decidedly. All aid, humanitarian, financial, technological, et al, will cease. Any military action against our friend will be dealt with immediate devastation. There is nothing more to talk about. Should they abandon their ways and begin to share in our values of individual freedom and personal responsibility, well then maybe we can soften toward them a little. But this "aid" must be conditional…forever.

    • Guest

      At which point, of course, the Arab nations cut off our oil supply.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    islam strives for world domination.

    The quran commands muslims to exercise jihad.

    The quern commands muslims to establish shariah law.

    The quern commands muslims to impose islam on the entire world.

    islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    islam IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is arabic for battle.

    islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    islam and freedom, islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

  • g_jochnowitz

    It is important to the Arab world to let the Palestinians suffer. As long as they remain a running sore, Israel will be blamed.
    Anti-Zionism is the most powerful political force on earth.
    Andrei S. Markovits, writing in the Winter 2005 issue of Dissent, says, "A new European (and American) commonality for all lefts — a new litmus test of progressive politics — seems to have developed: anti-Americanism and anti-Zionism (though not anti-Semitism, or at least not yet)." In 2005, one could still say "not yet."

  • KKKK

    "antiZonism is the mot powerful political force o nearth" is right. too bad that it is.