Apartheid Jordan Accepts Syrian Refugees, Turns Back Syrian Palestinians at Border

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The Muslim world keeps shrieking that it really cares about Palestinian Arabs. It only supports terrorism because of how deeply it cares. And as a sign of that caring, no Muslim country actually wants to take them in.

Not even Hamas in Gaza, which claims to be the legal representative of the Palestinian Arabs wants to take in Palestinian refugees from Syria.

And Jordan, the original Palestine, whose territory forms the majority of the Palestine Mandate is taking Syrian refugees, but not Syrian Palestinians.

Can you say Apartheid State?

As the civil war intensifies in Syria, more refugees are trying to escape the conflict. Some have crossed into Turkey. Others have gone to Lebanon. But the biggest refugee camp for Syrian refugees is in the neighboring Kingdom of Jordan. But not all refugees are allowed in.

Speaking in an immaculately clean tent over coffee and endless cigarettes, a 23-year-old construction worker who would only give his name as Mohamed said he left the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where many Palestinians live, about two months ago. The place was getting violent and food was hard to find, he said.

The young man said his mother is Syrian, but his father is Palestinian. Mohamed said the Jordanians are turning people back at the border if they have ID cards that say they’re Palestinian. Lucky for him, he has a Syrian ID.

Mohamed’s uncle, he said, is a Palestinian from Damascus who has been turned away at the Jordan border five times.

With his four-year-old son in his lap, Daloul said he’s happy to be in Jordan, away from the fighting in Syria. But he says it’s also frustrating. Daloul is registered as a Palestinian refugee, even though he was born in Syria. So are his kids. But his wife is registered as Syrian. Now, she’s staying with relatives elsewhere in Jordan, while Daloul and the children live in this single room. They are not allowed to leave the camp for any length of time, he said. And his wife cannot move in with them permanently.

“It’s a difficult situation,” he said.

Daloul is 55 years old. He was born in Syria. His kids were born in Syria. If he goes back, his grandchildren will be born in Syria. But he’s not considered Syrian by the Syrian government, even though his wife is, and since his children have their father’s status, they’re also considered Palestinian. Since he’s Palestinian, none of the Muslim countries who support Palestinian terrorism want him, because

A. Those countries want to use Palestinian Arabs as a terrorist army against Israel

B. Since they were turned into a terrorist army and are led by terrorists, Palestinian populations cause trouble

There are no Palestinian refugees really. Just Syrians, Jordanians, Kuwaitis and Iraqis who are denied citizenship and statehood.

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    Just another example of how Israel is blamed for a problem created by its islamic neighbors.

  • Spikey1

    'Twas 6 nights after New years, and all through Jor-dan
    All the people were feasting, no one dare eat a ham;
    The AK's were hung by the front door with pride,
    In case that Palestinians somehow got inside;
    The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
    While visions of gaza danced in their heads;
    The guards at the border will make them stay,
    Let the Syrians in, keep the Palestinians away,
    When off in the distance there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from my mat to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Grabbing some stones and my AK that I had neatly stashed.
    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
    There were tracks and a mass of Palestinian's far below,
    Scrounging for food in my garbage with glee,
    This can not be happening – this must not be,
    So out into the street I ran in a dash,
    Pointing my AK they got the message real fast.
    As the crowds dispersed I yelled with all my might;
    I have food and water for me not the palestinie.
    You'll have to wait for the UN to come around,
    This is my land, this in my town.
    Go back to where ye came from don't hang out here;
    For I'll start shooting and get one of you in the ear.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Indeed. Those who practice true apartheid – ALL Muslim/Arab countries – are forgiven for their "indiscretions". After all, they are always pacified…or else…. But Jordan is a special case, at least in relation to Israel. For as leftist/Arabist poohbahs tar Israel as an apartheid state – never mind that minorities, particularly Arabs are treated with kid gloves…as well as treated better than in ANY Arab/Muslim nation – Jordan is over 80% "Palestinian", yet they are treated as second class citizens! NO one bats an eye.

    Regardless, as Arab leaders spill the beans, Jordan's (artificial) kinglet attempts to have it both ways, making sure that his hegemony is protected, all the while his fellow tribesmen are tossed aside, to act as a thorn in Israel's side, and not grow strong enough to toss him overboard – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/27/another-arab-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • JacksonPearson

    When an Arab turns down another Arab, then you know there's gotta be a serious problem. So-called Palestinians have been a pain in the butt everywhere they've migrated. Because they're so vile with the host country, they eventually get booted. One just have to follow Yasser Arafat's Johnny apple seeded political BS to even attempt to understand the minds of these inbred fools.

    • Mary Sue

      The Palestinians must be projecting. After all, you know they like to accuse Jews of the same.

      • JacksonPearson

        Palestinians have caused trouble in every country, that they've set foot into in the Middle East. Their reputations precede them, and are very lowly regarded amongst their own brethren. They're being treated pretty fairly by the IDF in the West Bank. But with Arabs, there are always the hardliners that do the turmoil stirring.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When will Obama wring his hands and declare the Jordanian action evil and offer
    scanctuary in America for his Palestinian buddies. It is only time for Muslim Brotherhood
    activists to go after Hussein of Jordan, Obama will have and excuse to polute America
    further and waste more tax money, no good can come of anything he gets involved in
    and the writing is on the wall that he will do as he pleases. It pleases him to promote
    Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood as thier patron saint…………………William

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The Muslim world keeps shrieking that it really cares about Palestinian Arabs. It only supports terrorism because of how deeply it cares. And as a sign of that caring, no Muslim country actually wants to take them in."

    They care deeply about them as a multi-use weapon.