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Jordan trying to help Palestinians to keep their Israeli documents valid

Last updated: March 22, 2010

March 20, 2010


In a report titled “Stateless Again,” issued last month, Human Rights Watch said that 2,700 people in Jordan lost their citizenship from 2004 to 2008, and that at least another 200,000 remained vulnerable, largely those who moved abroad at some point in search of work.

The government says it is trying to help by requiring Jordanians of Palestinian descent who fled the West Bank or Jerusalem after the war in 1967 to keep their Israeli documents valid. This has become a more urgent matter recently, political analysts and government officials said, with the accession of a right-wing Israeli government and its ultraconservative foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Source: The New York Times

Jordan may try just as well to run tanks over Palestinians as during the Black September lest they forget where they came from...


March 22, 2010

And these are two cents on the subject from Nizo...


Regarding the Jordanian issue, there's a deep-rooted antipathy which is beyond just tribal, it pertains to the 3 categories of Arabs in the area: urban, countryside, Bedouin. Jordanian royalty is perceived to have been imported from Arabia and is non-native to what is essentially Palestine's hinterland or backyard. With the Hashemites came the elevation of the status of the Bedouin of the area where even their accent with the hard "G" became the de facto Jordanian one. They're category #1, those who run the show politically but not necessarily those who have all the money.

Within the Jordanians of Palestinian origins you have those who originate from the the urban centers of the West Bank. We'll call them category #2, they have the money and 5-year renewable passports the same as category #1, but they'll only ever be an economic elite, not a political one.

Finally we'll get back to category #3, the poorer less fortunate Palestinians who reside in the camps, to my knowledge Jordan recently upgraded many of them to 5-year renewable Jordanian passports, for many years they've held 1-year passports. Their status within Jordan is precarious. They have no money to contribute..

Finally category 1 supports the Faisaly football team while categories 2 and 3 support Wehdat. The rivalry and hatred are Balkan in their intensity.

For more on this subject, try this.

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