Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Palestinians Denied Citizenship

Saudi Arabia is moving toward allowing expat workers to become citizens, but as Ocean Guy notes, not everyone is welcome:

"Shubaily Al-Qarni, chairman of the security committee which supervised amendments to the law, said Saudi citizenship would be open to all foreign nationals working in the Kingdom. 'The law does not aim at a particular nationality. It covers all expatriates in the country,' he said.

"But press reports said Palestinians living in the Kingdom would be barred as the Arab League has instructed that Palestinians living in Arab countries should not be given citizenship to avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland."

Ah, yes, if Palestinians who have never lived in Palestine decide they want to make a life in Saudi Arabia and become citizens, they must be rejected for their own good. This just goes to show how a lot of Arab governments use the Palestinian cause for their own purposes even as they pay lip service to the goals and aspirations of Palestinians themselves.


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