An Arab voice of reason about treatment of refugees in Arab lands

Daoud Al-Shiryan, Al-Hayat columnist and deputy secretary-general of Al-Arabiya TV, recently published several articles criticizing how the Palestinian refugees have been treated by the Arab countries in which they live. He called on these countries to integrate the refugees into their societies and to resettle them. 

The articles are summarised here in MEMRI, including a contrast in the outcome between a Jewish and a Muslim woman from Lebanon.  A recent Sydney Morning Herald article by Jason Koutsoukis entitled “A life in Limbo” highlighted the restrictions placed on Palestinians living in Lebanon.

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One thought on “An Arab voice of reason about treatment of refugees in Arab lands

  1. Alan - New York August 24, 2009 at 10:15 pm -

    The unwillingness of their supposed Arab brothers to help Palestinian refugees astonishes me. Even in a more open country like Lebanon this inter-Arab cruelty is swept under the carpet. I think it’s racist to not hold Arab countries to a sufficient standard that this behaviour is seen as unacceptable.
    On the other hand, I am pleased that the Obama administration recently agreed to resettle 1,350 Palestinians displaced from Iraq. It’s telling that even though Ziad Asali, president of the Washington advocacy group,American Task Force on Palestine, applauded the U.S. decision, he warned that it would upset Palestinian and Arab leaders who interpret U.S. willingness to resettle Palestinians — which comes with full rights such as citizenship down the road — as “a conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian refugee issue.” The Wall St Journal also confirmed the appalling statistic that besides Jordan, no country in the Middle East has granted citizenship to Palestinian refugees. They added that many Arab countries supposedly believe that fully integrating large numbers of Palestinian refugees would undercut their demand for an independent state.
    Now if more of the Arab countries with their vast land and resources would follow the US lead, and after 60 years actually show some compassion to their Arab brethren, things might actually look upward.