Thread: What about Lebanon?
11-12-2005, 11:43 AM #1
What about Lebanon?
A brief synopsis of Palestinians in Lebanon. What a shit-hole situation.
(Lecturer in the Political Studies and Public Administration Department at the American University of Beirut)
There are no definitive figures concerning the number of Palestinians in Lebanon today. Different sources suggest that the actual size of the Palestinian community in Lebanon ranges between 200 and 400 thousand. Without a census and with the lack of comprehensive survey, political interests and motives play a part in the debate over accurate figures.(9)
Since their arrival in Lebanon nearly 50 years ago, the experience of Palestinian refugees was one of marginalization, suffering, repression and armed violence. They were considered a threat to the Lebanese people and were treated as second-class citizens. Unlike Palestinian refugees elsewhere, Palestinians in Lebanon have been denied basic social and economic rights for a substantial portion of their 52 years in exile. The Palestinians were kept apart from the Lebanese population, not allowed to assimilate even if they wanted to.
Until the late 1960’s, the Lebanese government had at no point in time enacted any legislation governing or guaranteeing Palestinian civil rights. Palestinian refugees were treated the same as foreigners. Travel restrictions were tight, passports rarely given, and the only documents issued by the government were only temporary.
Only a small fraction has been able to acquire Lebanese citizenship. The greatest majority remains stateless; they were treated as foreigners, they have rights of property ownership, investment and employment by permit. Obtaining a work permit remains a complex and lengthy process that offers neither social security nor insurance benefits nor a regular wage increase, and becomes invalid when its holder is laid off the job. Moreover, employment in large institutions is largely closed to Palestinians because it is governed by sectarian rules.(10) Palestinians, however continue to be excluded from more than 72 professions. These restrictions force them to work in the informal sector with low wages, insecurity and no benefits.
With regard to education, Palestinians are excluded from Lebanese governmental educational institutions for higher education. Further, Palestinians are also finding it impossible to enter the government secondary schools.
Restrictions on building and reconstruction in the camps contribute to the insecurity of Palestinians in Lebanon. They continue to live in indecent, semi-destroyed and unfurnished buildings. Rebuilding in the camps has been strictly and legally controlled, with severe overcrowding as a result. Today, between 150,000 and 200,000 Palestinian refugees live in 12 registered refugee camps that are prepared to accommodate 50,000 refugees.(11) The Lebanese state reluctance to absorb the refugees has led to the perpetuation of the refugee camps set in 1948 and 1967.
11-12-2005, 12:19 PM #2
yea sad but true arab nationalists and islamic parties are struggling to make the life of the palestinians better but they cant do it because the christians dont want it to happen, as for giving nationalities to palestinians all the lebanese are against it because this will cancel the palestinians right of return(this is the cause of arab nationalists and islamic parties) and because this will make the already outnumbered christians more outnumbered (this is the cause of the christian parties).
IMO palestinians should live like any lebanese , but I am against giving them nationalities because this will affect the right of return and it will make "israel" happy.
11-12-2005, 12:46 PM #3
Always blaming everyone but yourselves; even the Christians. This answer was expected.
11-12-2005, 05:14 PM #4Retired Vet
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Waht about Lebanon and the Palestinian problem!.
Well AIZ you probably know this well enough. But during operations 'Peace for Galilee' and 'Litani' the IDF were welcomed into Lebanon by a releived Lebanese people who were tired of PLO terrorism and persecution. Although our friend M'guy will deny this, although he knows the truth!. I think every Lebanese person I've ever spoken to hated the PLO, although sypathising with their problems in Gaza and the West bank,, but still hating their presence and history in Lebanon.
11-12-2005, 05:52 PM #5Originally Posted by BOUNCER
I think that's a great response. I have also spoken to Palestinians about this except I spoke to one former PLO member and he was the one who informed me that he was despised in Lebanon. At least he was honest about it.
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