Abu Mazen said it! He means it! Go to the General Assembly in September and fight fight fight for statehood!
I hope he wins.
Meanwhile, too many hash smoking Hashemites need to reconsider the Palestinian refugee problem!
Jordan will reportedly be voting against a Palestinian statehood bid scheduled to be put before the UN General Assembly in September.
Et tu brute?
But these are your Muslim brothers and sisters. For many of you, your blood relatives!
One state official of the Hashemite Kingdom was quoted saying:
“Jordan’s top national interests will be in danger if the Palestinian Authority declares statehood unilaterally â€“ especially in everything related to the issue of refugees, water, Jerusalem, and the bordersâ€¦â€
A unilateral Palestinian declaration of state is in Israel’s best interest, said a top-ranking Jordanian official, because it wants the state to be established “within the borders of the separation fence.â€ This would erase the border between the West Bank and Jordan.
Jordan vehemently opposes this.
Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit said during a press conference that this was:
â€œThe beginning of the exposure of Jordan’s decision to publicly stand its ground before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas”.
Not only does Jordan deny responsibility for displaced Jordanians from the 1967 war, or for Transjordanians, Jordan is actually preparing to cancel the identification papers provided for Palestinian statesmen and their families. The decision is part of a 1988 ruling “to disengage from the West Bank and maintain Palestinian identity“.
Today, 1,951,603 Palestinian refugees are located in Jordan. 338,000 of them are still living in refugee camps. The percentage of Palestinian refugees living in refugee camps in Jordan to those who settled outside the camps is the lowest of all UNRWA fields of operations.
Former UNRWA chief-attorney James G. Lindsay said years ago:
“In Jordan, where 2 million Palestinian refugees live, all but 167,000 have citizenship, and are fully eligible for government services including education and health care.” Eliminating services to refugees whose needs are subsidized by Jordan “would reduce the refugee list by 40%.”