Top Palestinians, finally admitting "Jordan is Palestine," take out Jordanian citizenship

02/09/2011 20:21

From Israel Insider

Senior Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas and his two sons and Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan, have been given Jordanian citizenship, a top Jordanian politician disclosed on Tuesday. The Palestinian leaders were given Jordanian citizenship despite the fact that the authorities in Amman have been revoking the Jordanian citizenship of thousands of Palestinians.

But Jordanian officials of Hashemite ethnicity, representing the dynastic rule of the Hashemite King Abdullah, are none too pleased about increasing the 70% Palestinian population the Hashemite Kingdom. Officials have been lately revoking citizenship of Jordanians of Palestinian descent. Atef Tarawneh, deputy speaker of the Jordanian parliament, denounced the decision to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Jordanians of Palestinian origin. Tarawneh said that the decision was “harmful” to national unity and the constitution in Jordan.

In 1922, the British divided Mandatory Palestine, previously promised to the Jews as a Jewish Homeland under the Balfour Declaration and the San Remo Conference, and carved out Transjordan, later to become Jordan, to placate the Hashemites. Transjordan is twice as big as the area west of the Jordan river, which includes Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

In an editorial, Al-Quds Al- Arabi criticized the Palestinian leaders -- which apparently includes most senior West Bank leaders -- who applied for Jordanian citizenship. “This is shameful for them because they and their families should be proud of their Palestinian citizenship,” the paper wrote. “If they don’t believe in their own citizenship and are not proud of it, this means that they are not loyal to the Palestinian Authority and don’t deserve to speak on its behalf.”

The paper noted that it was the PA leaders who had asked for Jordanian citizenship, and not the Jordanians who had offered it. “They were the ones who applied for it, and perhaps they had embarrassed senior Jordanian government officials with the requests,” it wrote.

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