On the Guardian’s Global Development page, (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), was a post, Tweets from the West Bank and Jordan, March 30, by Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Global development site. Ford recounted her visit, meant to report on projects “to increase water access and encourage more money and tourists into Jordan and the West Bank.”
Along the way I got a glimpse of what life is like for the thousands of Palestinian refugees in Irbid, in northern Jordan, saw some of the work being done in Ramallah to prevent maternal deaths and improve healthcare for women and children
The trip was a great opportunity to tweet (@globdev) about the lives of some of the people I met, as well as anecdotes I picked up and conversations I had along the way, including those with other Twitter users who wanted to share their thoughts on the region.
Here are a selection of my tweets from the trip.
Ford spent much of her time in the Irbid “Refugee camp”, established in Jordan for refugees who left historic Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, though, even per UNRWA, “the camp now resembles some of the urban quarters in Irbid.”
The city of Irbid is the second largest city in Jordan by population (after Amman), and home to several colleges and universities, the two most prominent being Jordan University of Science and Technology and Yarmouk University. There are 26 book publishing companies in the city. The number of internet cafes per capita is among the highest in the world, and the city is considered the cultural capital of Jordan.
Ford’s piece included this Tweet:
Ok, so we’re talking about Jordanian citizens of Palestinian descent who live in neighborhoods with proper buildings.
Ford also included this Tweet:
So, second and third generation Jordanian citizens, whose ancestors may have once lived in historic Palestine, are residents of a prosperous Jordanian city and yet are still being labelled “refugees”, and won’t have that designation removed until “the Palestinian/Israel dispute is settled” – no matter how many years or generations it takes to reach such a settlement.
Further, PA officials have stated clearly that such Palestinian “refugees” living in the “diaspora” will not become citizens of any new Palestinian state.
So, what this means is that such Arabs of Palestinian descent living in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, etc. will forever live under UNRWA’s care, and possess the immutable moral status of victims of “Israeli oppression” – which will be passed down to generation after generation.
Two Tweets by a Guardian editor, and the fraud of the Palestinian “refugee” industry is exposed to all but the most ideologically conditioned anti-Zionist activists.
- Question to Harriet Sherwood: How are Gazans living in sovereign Palestinian state still “refugees”? (cifwatch.com)
- Ali Abunimah makes UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness “Giggle” (cifwatch.com)