DAMASCUS, Syria, April 5 (UPI) — The head of a U.N. agency charged with caring for Palestinian refugees said the United States has offered to receive 7,000 Palestinians who fled Iraq.
Karen Koning AbuZayd, commissioner general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, said Thursday no specific country has offered to receive Palestinian refugees in Iraq, “but I know the United States confirmed it can take 7,000 of them.”
She told United Press International in Damascus that while there were no plans to permanently settle Palestinian refugees, “some live in difficult conditions, especially those from Iraq and who are stranded on the Iraqi borders” with Syria and with Jordan. The UNRWA chief noted her agency and the U.N. high commissioner for refugees have requested third countries to grant refuge to Palestinians from Iraq.
Great Satan Go Home and Take Me With You! [Mark Krikorian]
The State Department apparently wants to clear up a pesky foreign policy problem by dumping thousands of stateless Palestinians from Iraq on America’s towns and cities. Where do I start? First, did we really invade Iraq so we could move “Saddam’s People” to Schenectady? Second, this is a perversion of the very idea of refugee resettlement, which should be reserved only for the most desperate people in the world who will never have anywhere else to settleâ€”and last time I checked, the Arabian peninsula was mostly empty and awash with money, so it’s their problem, not ours. And third, this highlights another thing we failed to do when we took over Iraq, which was to issue citizenship papers to the Palestinians, affording them permanent status in contrast to Arab governments’ insistence on denying citizenship to even locally born Palestinians, so as to keep them as alienated and as aggrieved as possible against Israel.