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Palestinians are the largest stateless community in the world
Stateless Palestinians

[link to www.reliefweb.int]

(from "Forced Migration Review" Issue 26)
by Abbas Shiblak

Palestinians are the largest stateless community in the world. Statelessness has dominated and shaped the lives of four generations of Palestinian refugees since their exodus in 1948.

One of the main objectives of the Zionist scheme in Palestine was eradication of Palestine from the map, both as a political entity and a basis of nationality. Today more than half of the eight million or so Palestinians are considered to be de jure stateless persons. These fall broadly into three categories:

- holders of the 'Refugee Travel Document' (RTD) issued by Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and some other Arab countries

- holders of nationalities of convenience mainly temporary Jordanian passports

- holders of the Palestinian passport issued by the Palestinian Authority (PA) which is considered as a travel document pending formation of a fully- fledged Palestinian state.

All persons legally resident and registered, born or naturalised in Palestine under the British Mandate (1919-1948) were British Protected Persons, holders of British (Palestine) passports. Citizenship in both Jewish and Arab states proposed by the Partition Plan set out in UN Res. 181 in 1947 was meant to be granted to all inhabitants. However, when Britain promptly ended its mandate on 15 May 1948, it was left to the successor state, Israel, to determine entitlement to nationality.

Israeli policy has been, and still is, is to reduce the number of Palestinian Arabs while increasing the number of Jewish immigrants, who, it must be remembered, were the minority, even in the areas originally demarcated for the Jewish State under the Partition Plan. To ensure Judaisation, Israel issued three laws within four years of its foundation: the Absentees' Property Law, the Law of Return and the Israel Citizenship Law. These nullified the rights of the displaced non-Jewish population to return to their homes while endorsing the right of any Jew regardless of place of origin to unrestricted immigration and automatic citizenship.

Similar policies were pursued following occupation of the West Bank in 1967. In defiance of international law, Israel considers all Palestinians inhabitants of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) as non-citizens and foreign residents. The 250,000 Palestinians who happened to be outside the OPT when they were occupied were not allowed to return. Israeli military rule (the ironically-named Civil Administration) issued a series of orders withdrawing IDs from thousands of Palestinians as a result of the expiry of exit visas they were required to obtain each time they travelled abroad. Israel's illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and the Golan Heights in 1981 led to the application of Israeli civil legislation in these occupied territories. Their residents found themselves declared to be permanent residents but not citizens of Israel. The Israeli Ministry of the Interior has complete discretion over approval of citizenship applications. Israel has employed a 1974 regulation as a 'legal' instrument to deprive many Jerusalemite Arabs of their IDs and residency rights if they are absent from the city for more than seven years, have acquired other citizenship or been granted permanent residency rights elsewhere. This can only be described as administrative 'ethnic cleansing'.

Arab policies maintain status quo

Arab governments have consistently focused on keeping alive the issue of Palestinian displacement and preventing primary responsibility being shifted from the source country (Israel) to host states. Two main principles set out in an Arab League protocol signed in Casablanca in 1965 (1) have determined the treatment of Palestinian refugees in host Arab states: granting Palestinian refugees full citizenship rights but denying them naturalisation and issuing them with Refugee Travel Documents (RTD) in order to maintain their refugee status.

The pan-Arab national brotherhood of the 1950s and 1960s has faded away, to be replaced by a self-centred agenda of fragmented, sub-national states and narrow interests. Syria is the only country that upholds its commitment. Some states, including Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, expressed reservations in 1965 and have showed no interest in applying the Protocol. Egypt, once fully committed, has effectively withdrawn from the Protocol. (2) On more than one occasion rifts between the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Arab governments have resulted in collective punishments being imposed on ordinary Palestinians. Palestinians were expelled en masse from Kuwait in 1991 and from Libya in 1995. Palestinians in Iraq have recently had to endure acts of vengeance including killings, evacuation and deportation.

Institutional discrimination against Palestinian refugees in Arab countries has had a devastating impact on the lives and well-being of entire communities. The legal status, residency and civil rights of Palestinian communities in the Arab World are increasingly uncertain, particularly in Lebanon and Egypt where they are denied rights to secure residency, employment, property, communal interaction and family unification. Procedures to allow nonresidents to apply for naturalisation in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia do not apply to stateless Palestinians.

Palestinian refugees in Jordan, the largest community in any of the host countries, have Jordanian nationality but are denied equal political participation and subjected to subtle forms of discrimination. Jordanian authorities refuse to offer naturalisation to those Palestinians who at the time of their displacement in 1967 did not hold Jordanian passports. Some 60,000 stateless Palestinians, mainly from Gaza and original holders of Egyptian RTDs, were allowed to stay but have been denied any civil rights and most are confined to a camp near the northern city of Jarash.

Impact on Palestinians

The right to nationality is a fundamental human right. Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 declares that "everyone has the right to a nationality." It is the right from which other rights and entitlements can flow to education, medical care, work, property ownership, travel, state protection in short, to full participation in a world composed of nation states.

Changing the status of people to non-citizens or threatening the security of their residency status with little or no consideration of the rule of law generates insecurity and has a devastatomg long-term social and psychological impact. Stateless communities are the first to pay the price for political instability and insecurity in the countries where they find themselves. Without access to education or employment, stateless communities are exposed to political manipulation, exploitation and poverty. The effect on host societies, the region and the world cannot be ignored. Impoverished and marginalised refugee communities notably the Palestinians constitute the major destabilising factor in the Middle East.

Statelessness is a major 'push' factor leading to large-scale irregular migration. There is a clear correlation between statelessness and asylum seeking in industrialised countries. The large numbers of stateless people from the region Syrian Kurds, Kuwaiti 'Bidoon' stripped of nationality, denaturalised Iraqi Shiites and Palestinians ready to risk their lives on the shores of the Mediterranean and South East Asia illustrate the strength of determination to escape the humiliation and uncertainty that statelessness brings. The majority of the estimated 200,000 Palestinians living in Europe today are stateless holders of Lebanese and Egyptian RTDs or expired Israeli 'laissezpasser' documents. They sought asylum in Europe when their residency status in the host countries became increasingly insecure and, in most cases, they were denied the right to go back to these countries. Eighty per cent of the 80,000 stateless Palestinians thought to be in Germany are RTD holders from Lebanon.

The political argument commonly used by Arab regimes to justify discrimination against Palestinian refugees often conceals a sinister domestic agenda: maintaining a political system based on racism and sectarianism in which 'outsiders' are seen as security risks and fear is used to control people. Such policies have had the perverse effect of furthering a key Zionist objective by dispersing Palestinians even further away from their homeland. In recognition of the miseries and hardship affecting his stateless compatriots, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas broke with the leadership's long-established policy when, in July 2005, he welcomed the naturalisation of Palestinians "if any of the host countries choose to do so." An opinion poll found most Palestinians agreed with him.

Protection and international law

The legitimacy of the decision taken in 1951 to exclude Palestinians from the international protection regime on the basis that they were already being assisted by UNRWA is being increasingly challenged by scholars, jurists and advocacy groups. There is wider awareness of the need to make the international refugee regime relevant for Palestinian refugees and to formally acknowledgethe impacts of statelessness. (3)

Takkenberg notes that being a refugee, stateless, dispossessed, lacking the passport of a state, not having even the theoretical option of returning to one's country in other words, not having even the right to have rights "has been at the very heart of the Palestinian refugee problem." He argues that the element of statelessness has been more significant than the refugee aspect in detrimentally affecting the position of the Palestinian people. (4) Unlike other aliens, stateless Palestinians are not admissible in any other country. If expelled from a country they are at risk of finding themselves in 'perpetual orbit' as stateless individuals. It is worth noting that the deportation of stateless or other persons who will not be received elsewhere may raise issues under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. That is why Takkenberg and others have pointed out that when such protection or assistance has ceased for any reason, without the position of such persons being definitely settled in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, these persons shall, ipso facto, be entitled to the benefits of the Convention.

More significant perhaps is the position apparently adopted by UNHCR in October 2002 on the applicability to Palestinian refugees of Article 1D of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of refugees. The refugee agency adopted the view that the Convention should apply to Palestinian refugees beyond the five areas of UNRWA operation Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (5)

A sovereign Palestinian state within 1967 borders would act as a catalyst to resolve the refugee issue and put an end to Palestinian statelessness. Such an objective cannot be achieved without a regional framework based around a comprehensive peace settlement that includes all host Arab countries and which gives Palestinian refugees the options of repatriation, compensation and full citizenship rights in their countries of residence.

Abbas Shiblak, a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, was one of the founders of the SHAML Diaspora and Refugee Centre, Ramallah www.shaml. org Email: [email protected]

Notes:

(1.) www.badil.org/Documents/Protection/LAS/Casablanca-Protocol.ht​m

(2.) www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR20/FMR2013.pdf

(3.) www.badil.org/Publications/Briefs/Brief-No-01.htm

(4.)Takkenberg. L (1998 ), The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law, New York, Clarendon Press

(5.) www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/publ/opendoc.pdf?tbl =RSDLEGAL&id=3da192be4&page=publ
All of Lebanon will be liberated including Shebba Farms, along with Golan, and the West Bank, and Gaza.

Then Israel can have peace.
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whateverWell cry me a fucking river. I don't give two shits about those filthy ragheads.
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whateverWell cry me a fucking river. I don't give two shits about those filthy ragheads.
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You should. Your freedom and theirs is intertwined. You cannot deny freedom to so many for so long without losing some of your own, if not all.
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Who the fuck are you to talk to me about freedom? That pit of a country you claim to be from is run by illiterate thugs with machine guns on behalf of Syria and Iran. Fuck you, you Lebanese scum.

Hell, you don't even seem to be aware that the Syrians offed your president and replaced him with one of their patsies.

And as for all your goddam handwringing about the fucking palis, well, blow it out your ass. they came knocking on your country's door a long time ago and had it slammed in their face. They made the rounds of the Middle East and nobody wanted the bastards.

In fact, while we're on the subject of the scum you refer to as Palestinians, why don't you give us all a lesson on just what the fuck a Pali is. And don't fucking lie about it and tell me they're the rightful inhabitants of Israel and all that, because that's a bunch of goddam arbage and you know it.

In fact, you know that everything that comes out of your filthy mouth is nothing but a goddam lie. Oh, don't tell me you believe the horseshit you spew out of your big piehole every day. I know good and goddam better than that. You're a non-stop whore for dirty old men who want what isn't theirs and are using you to get it.

You make me sick.
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All of the filth aside, Syria didn't kill any presidents.

I have no idea what you are talking about.
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Peace unto those that seek Peace,

there, Dol u went and made me do it:


Lebanon had a daughter
and the daughter of lebanon
is a woman for whom the tall cedars
stand in adulation

Though my sight dims across
the Tartarus sea,still I glimpse
that Lebanon's daughter
is the emblem of veneration

the solid grounds of Shaam
soften ever so lightly at the treading
of the noble daughter of lebanon,
even the stones rock in salutation.

and when the fire fell upon lebanon
and the whole world cowed with trepidation,
In that rough and terrible hour,
Lebanon had a daughter worthy of emalation.

They may say that men are made
on the fields of distress,
and behind such men be great women.
Then the daughter of lebanon is the very culmination.

While others see gold through the sparkling
showcases of markets and malls,
The daughter of Lebanon knows well that
honor is the treasure and its shadow is reputation

though many run their fingers across the plastic
cloth of the world looking for mirage,
in lebanon is found the real Eve
and no mere reflection.


No man nor woman would deny
that much is vanity and ostentation,
but none dare reject the truth
and her words must meet approbation.

The ink of my pen may run tired and dry,
and the words of my ode may pale and die,
yet the daughter of lebanon is the triumph of her

people and their eternal jubilation.


anonymus coward
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Larger than the Kurds?
Eskimos?
Southern rednecks? i.e. the south shall rise again
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Hey DoL!

How about asking the Egyptians or the Jordanians why they did not gives the palis a state when they controled the Gaza Strip and West Bank (Trans Jordan)respectively.
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Peace unto those that seek Peace,

there, Dol u went and made me do it:


Lebanon had a daughter
and the daughter of lebanon
is a woman for whom the tall cedars
stand in adulation

Though my sight dims across
the Tartarus sea,still I glimpse
that Lebanon's daughter
is the emblem of veneration

the solid grounds of Shaam
soften ever so lightly at the treading
of the noble daughter of lebanon,
even the stones rock in salutation.

and when the fire fell upon lebanon
and the whole world cowed with trepidation,
In that rough and terrible hour,
Lebanon had a daughter worthy of emalation.

They may say that men are made
on the fields of distress,
and behind such men be great women.
Then the daughter of lebanon is the very culmination.

While others see gold through the sparkling
showcases of markets and malls,
The daughter of Lebanon knows well that
honor is the treasure and its shadow is reputation

though many run their fingers across the plastic
cloth of the world looking for mirage,
in lebanon is found the real Eve
and no mere reflection.


No man nor woman would deny
that much is vanity and ostentation,
but none dare reject the truth
and her words must meet approbation.

The ink of my pen may run tired and dry,
and the words of my ode may pale and die,
yet the daughter of lebanon is the triumph of her

people and their eternal jubilation.


anonymus coward
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That was so sweet. But my heart belongs to another man.
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Then Israel can have peace.
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i thought palestinians were arab
and had been nomadic for centuries?
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Some Arabs were nomadic, but most lived in cities, and farmed the land. There has always been olive growers. It is today, and has been for a very long time, one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Look at a map. Its in the middle of the world.

It sounds to me like you were reading Zionist propaganda just before going to sleep and the deceptive half-truth had its usual effect.
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peace unto the honorable,

he is a fortunate man. DoL.

my heart is also spoken for.

but my words of support still hold.
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Larger than the Kurds?
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At 30,000,000 people, the Kurds are the largest stateless group.

Traditional Kurdish territory, or Kurdistan, encompasses the eastern part of Turkey, southern Armenia, southern Azerbaijan, northern Iraq and northern Iran.
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Palestinian refugees in Jordan, the largest community in any of the host countries, have Jordanian nationality but are denied equal political participation and subjected to subtle forms of discrimination. Jordanian authorities refuse to offer naturalisation to those Palestinians who at the time of their displacement in 1967 did not hold Jordanian passports. Some 60,000 stateless Palestinians, mainly from Gaza and original holders of Egyptian RTDs, were allowed to stay but have been denied any civil rights and most are confined to a camp near the northern city of Jarash.


Yes, and here we have discrimination and poverty once again. People should look to the history of Mexico and why they are having a problem with militants. Anytime there is such poverty and discrimination there will always be militants. Again, I say, religion is not at the root of the islamic turmoil in Pakistan, it's the discrimination and poverty they are subjected to by Israel.
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Larger than the Kurds?

At 30,000,000 people, the Kurds are the largest stateless group.

Traditional Kurdish territory, or Kurdistan, encompasses the eastern part of Turkey, southern Armenia, southern Azerbaijan, northern Iraq and northern Iran.
 Quoting: Ningishiddza


The Kurds are citizens of the nations where they reside[mostly].

Kurds are not denied citizenship where they live.

Palestinians are citizens of no nation.

They exist under Israeli military law.

No where in the world are there so many people without sovereignty, or any who have been denied freedom for so long.

All because they live on land Israel wants for their own.
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"Yes, and here we have discrimination and poverty once again. "

Discrimination is from Israel which will not allow them to return to their homeland.
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there is no ethnicity called 'palestinians"
they are arabs
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Who said they were an ethnic group? Palestinians are a nation without sovereignty.
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Hey DoL!

How about asking the Egyptians or the Jordanians why they did not gives the palis a state when they controled the Gaza Strip and West Bank (Trans Jordan)respectively.
 Quoting: LS


Or the Turks, Syrians, Iraqis or Iranians?
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Hey DoL!

How about asking the Egyptians or the Jordanians why they did not gives the palis a state when they controled the Gaza Strip and West Bank (Trans Jordan)respectively.
 Quoting: LS


Golon was part of Syria from inception until 1967. The West Bank was part of Jordan from 1948 until 1967. They voted for representatives and had the same law. This was decided [for the West Bank] through referendum by a large majority shortly after 1948 war. Egypt gave Gaza civil rights but the people were divided on annexation so it remained a protectorate. People could get Egypt passports and received aid from Egypt, but didn't get to vote.

But it was by no means 'occupied'.

The concept for an independent nation came about when Egypt and Jorden handed sovereignty over the occupied territories to the PLO.

They EXIST as the keepers of sovereignty for what remains of Palestine.
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why don't their fellow arabs take them in and support them with that oil money?
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Because they were not going to enable ethnic cleansing of millions of people.

The Palestinians are not moving out. If they wanted out they would have gotten out long ago.

You can't take in people who are not leaving.

Instead Israel should get out.
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don't they know that Israel was given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants?
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There decendants are not white Ashkenazi Jews who run Israel.
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This thread should be pinned!
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Forgot all about Jordan now, haven't you?
How convenient.
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they have a state. its just being occupied by the zionists who stole it in 1948.
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You are ignorant of history and binded by hatred and prejudice.
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they have a state. its just being occupied by the zionists who stole it in 1948.
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You are ignorant of history and binded by hatred and prejudice.
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they have a state. its just being occupied by the zionists who stole it in 1948.

You are ignorant of history and binded by hatred and prejudice.
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You are ignorant of History. Most of Palestine was stolen by Israel, and the rest was occupied later.

You must be looking at Zionist propaganda, not factual history.
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other than americans perhaps
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whateverWell cry me a fucking river. I don't give two shits about those filthy ragheads.


You should. Your freedom and theirs is intertwined. You cannot deny freedom to so many for so long without losing some of your own, if not all.
 Quoting: Daughter of Lebanon

That's right.That's why you Arabs ought to tread carefully around Israel.
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All of the filth aside, Syria didn't kill any presidents.

I have no idea what you are talking about.
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And the truly hysterical part is, she actually expects people to believe this BS!
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Larger than the Kurds?

At 30,000,000 people, the Kurds are the largest stateless group.

Traditional Kurdish territory, or Kurdistan, encompasses the eastern part of Turkey, southern Armenia, southern Azerbaijan, northern Iraq and northern Iran.


The Kurds are citizens of the nations where they reside[mostly].

Kurds are not denied citizenship where they live.

Palestinians are citizens of no nation.

They exist under Israeli military law.

No where in the world are there so many people without sovereignty, or any who have been denied freedom for so long.

All because they live on land Israel wants for their own.
 Quoting: Daughter of Lebanon

Anyone can look at a map, and see clearly that you have no valid point.The Arab nations created the faux pals, and they will have to eventually deal with them.
No part of Israel belongs to any Arab.





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