Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jordan in the news...again

Wihout a doubt, the Muqata's favorite Middle East reporter, Khaled Abu Toameh has the scoop for the Jerusalem Post:
Jordanian authorities have started revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians living in Jordan to avoid a situation in which they would be "resettled" permanently in the kingdom, Jordanian and Palestinian officials revealed on Monday.

The new measure has increased tensions between Jordanians and Palestinians, who make up around 70 percent of the kingdom's population.

The tensions reached their peak over the weekend when tens of thousands of fans of Jordan's Al-Faisali soccer team chanted slogans condemning Palestinians as traitors and collaborators with Israel. Al-Faisali was playing the rival Wihdat soccer team, made up of Jordanian-Palestinians, in the Jordanian town of Zarqa.
Arab countries have always used the Palestinians as pawns in their rhetoric against Israel. While many live in squalor in "camps" in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan -- Israel even tried to create seriously better conditions for them in the camps in Gaza back in the early 1970s. Of course, the world condemned Israel at the time for trying to force a solution of "the Palestinian Refugee problem" in a way that didn't give Palestinians a State...

Jordan wants to pressure Israel, and the best way of "guaranteeing" a Palestinian State is to revoke the citizenship of the Palestinians living in Jordan -- and throwing the whole mess at Israel. Nice.

Khaled Abu Toameh really deserves his own post, because of the fascinatingly unique reporter and person that he is. Then again, I really don't want him killed by anything I may post here...

I actually started an article about him a few weeks back entitled, "The Palestinian Noah"...maybe I'll work on it later.

Meanwhile, I wrote 2 weeks ago about how Jordan refused entry to religious Jews from Israel, despite the peace treaty Israel signed with Jordan. Yesterday, Jordan evicted 6 Breslover Hassidim from Israel who wanted to pray the the tomb of Aharon the Biblical High Priest...in Petra, Jordan. (source in Hebrew)

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


NormanF said...

Israel should take similar measures and throw its Arab mess in King Abdullah's lap. Let him solve the Palestinian problem. As a matter of principle, Israel should disown from addressing what is an Arab created and maintained issue to undermine and to destroy Israel.

Kae Gregory said...

Hashemite on Palestinian rivalry - now there's some change I can believe in. First time I can remember ever rooting for the Pals. The time for a Palestinian state is now, I say. (East of the Jordan)

Unintended consequences - fingers crossed.

Neshama said...

So, now, Jordan wants to empty their sludge onto Israel? And they no longer admit Israelis/Jews!

I don't understand, we have been told that ALL OF JORDAN is a Palestinian state. Are they ALL to leave Jordan for the Shomron? How can they do this? Will they sneak in? Who can clarify this?

Neshama said...

But wait, I forgot to add this:

Jews to Reclaim Land in Jordan?
(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Land Fund, a group dedicated to restoring Jewish property in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, is reportedly looking east. According to AFP, the organization plans to begin buying historically Jewish properties in Jordan as well.
Many Jews purchased land in what is now Jordan during the British Mandate, when such land was seen primarily as part of the greater Land of Israel. In 1946 Jordan declared independence as an Arab, Muslim country. Two years later, the state of Israel declared independence, and Jordan's rulers confiscated Jewish-owned land in their own country for state use.
Israel Land Fund chairman Aryeh King told AFP that his organization has proof that thousands of properties in present-day Jordan were historically Jewish, adding, "We have records of the ownership."

Happy2BHome said...

Here is an article about Khaled Abu Toameh: http://www.aish.com/jw/mo/51132152.html

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