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Amman - Rights Group: Jordan Pulls Citizenship from Palestinians To Counter Israeli Plans

Published on: February 1, 2010 04:02 PM
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Amman - Jordan has revoked citizenship from nearly 3,000 Jordanians of Palestinian origin in recent years and should put a stop to the practice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday.
HRW said 2,732 Palestinians were stripped of their Jordanian nationality between 2004 and 2008.
“Jordan is playing politics with the basic rights of thousands of its citizens,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of the US-based group that released the 60-page report at a news conference in Amman.
“Officials are denying entire families the ability to lead normal lives with the sense of security that most citizens of a country take for granted,” the report said.
The practice continued in 2009, denying many people basic citizenship rights such as access to education and health care, HRW said.
“We believe the total and actual number of those who have been stripped of their nationality is much bigger,” Christoph Wilcke, a HRW researcher, told reporters.
In some cases, one person’s nationality was withdrawn involuntarily, while that of a sibling in identical circumstances was not, the report said.
In 1950, Jordan annexed the West Bank following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and granted all residents Jordanian nationality.
But in 1988, Amman severed legal and administrative ties to the West Bank, “relinquishing claims to sovereignty there and withdrawing Jordanian nationality from all Palestinians who resided in the West Bank at the time,” the report said.
“Other Jordanians of West Bank origin, but who were not living in the West Bank at the time, were not affected and kept their Jordanian nationality. Over the last decade and more, though, Jordan has arbitrarily withdrawn its nationality from thousands of these citizens of West Bank origin,” the report said.
Jordan, where a significant proportion of the nearly six million inhabitants are of Palestinian origin, has said the measure was a means to counter any Israeli plans to transfer Palestinians of the West Bank to the kingdom, according to HRW.
“One day you’re Jordanian, and the next you’ve been stripped of your rights as a citizen in your own country,” Whitson said


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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

it seems like they don't want their own either. So why should we have to take them?

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:45 PM Charlie Hall Says:

This is like what the Nazis did to us -- in 1934!

And there are hundreds of Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria who are citizens of no country, unable to get passports, unable to travel. But of course Israel gets blamed.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:46 AM Drugcommish Says:

The Jordanians are afraid that someone might remember that JORDAN IS PALASTINE!

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 10:13 AM Charlie Hall Says:

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Drugcommish Says:

The Jordanians are afraid that someone might remember that JORDAN IS PALASTINE!

And it is very much in the interests of Israel that such is not "remembered" as Jordan is the only Arab country with which Israel has decent relations. Why so many Jews want to turn a friendly country into an enemy is beyond me.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 10:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Sad Sad Sad. Where are the human rights protests in the UN? In Europe? In Arabia? I am disappointed in King Hussein. He needs to care for his people as Sherif of Mecca.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:18 PM A.N. Says:

Where is Jimmy Carter denouncing Jordanian apartheid? Pehaps he'll say such decrees are in fact good for the Balastinians because it increases sympathy for them. (Carter had said that suicide bombings harm the Balastinians more, because it ruins their reputation.)

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Sad Sad Sad. Where are the human rights protests in the UN? In Europe? In Arabia? I am disappointed in King Hussein. He needs to care for his people as Sherif of Mecca.

You're some 20 years out of date.

King Hussein died decades ago...

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Drugcommish Says:

The Jordanians are afraid that someone might remember that JORDAN IS PALASTINE!

jordan was created by the british ,in the 1940s era . i hate the british and the arabs , royal trash.

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