Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian Jordanian researcher at Britain's University of Bedfordshire, has a must-read piece in today's Jerusalem Post on the price Palestinians pay for the world's obsession with Israel: namely, the fact that many Palestinians in Arab countries suffer far worse conditions than those in the West Bank and Gaza, but remain faceless and voiceless, with nobody to lobby for improvements in their situation.
For instance, he notes, Israeli officials fear traveling to many European countries lest they be arrested for "war crimes" like the
In contrast, Nabih Berri commanded a Shiite militia, Amal, during
Moreover, Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps "are not allowed access to basics such as buying cement to enlarge or repair homes for their growing families. Furthermore, it is difficult for them to work legally, and [they] are even restricted from going out of their camps at certain hours." Incredibly, this has been true for "almost 30 years."
"Many other Arab countries are no different than
In an earlier piece, for instance, Zahran wrote that Palestinians in Jordan have suffered "decades of systematic exclusion in all aspects of life expanding into their disenfranchisement in education, employment, housing, state benefits and even business potential, all developing into an existing apartheid no different than that formerly adopted in South Africa, except for the official acknowledgement of it."
But Lebanese and Jordanian Palestinians "do not have someone to speak for them in the global media," because the media is too busy obsessing over
That's clearly good for the Arab states committing this abuse; they get a free pass. But it isn't so good for the Palestinians who suffer it.
Unfortunately, it seems as though the world doesn't actually care about Palestinians. What it cares about is demonizing
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