Jordan Begins Revoking Palestinian’s Citizenship

July 21, 2009

Jordan (ChattahBox) – Tensions between Jordanians and Palestinians are reaching their peak, as authorities begin to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians, under the pretext of it being ‘for their own good’.

“Our goal is to prevent Israel from emptying the Palestinian territories of their original inhabitants. “We should be thanked for taking this measure,” he said. “We are fulfilling our national duty because Israel wants to expel the Palestinians from their homeland. “

This was the explanation given by Interior Minister Nayef al-Kadi, which he claims explains the increasing anti-Palestinian tone within the government since the election of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It is one of many signs of hostilities rising. A story in The Jerusalem Post explains about a recent soccer match, in which a group of fans began chanting anti-Palestinian slogans, and hurling empty bottles and fireworks at rival fans and players.

“We condemn this uncivilized demeanor and welcome any step that would result in the elimination of this tiny group of parasites,” Al-Faisali team director, Baker al-Udwan, was quoted as saying. Al-Faisali was one of the two teams playing on that day.

Palestinians who have been faced with this sudden revocation of their citizenship are in a panic, not knowing where to go or what to do.

In the meantime, the Jordan government swears it is only to cut off an escalating situation ‘preemptively’, though many have pointed out that their official stance is likely fueling the anti-Palestinian sentiment they so nobly claim they wish to squash.


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