The Iraqi Palestinians are apparently favored by the United Nations which doesn’t seem to have the same passion for resettling the Iraqi Christians, at least not that we hear. Now, here is news that the UNHCR has arranged for this group of Palestinians, driven out of Iraq and given a safe haven in India, to be resettled in Sweden.
In case you are wondering why Muslims should turn on other Muslims, articles like this one never tell you the full story of why the Iraqi Palestinians are persecuted in Iraq. It was because they were favored by Saddam Hussein and when he met his end, those who had been persecuted by him turned their anger on his favorites.
NEW DELHI, India, November 11 (UNHCR) – More than 100 Palestinian refugees from Iraq are leaving India in the first large-scale resettlement of Palestinian refugees from outside the Middle East.
A total of 137 Palestinian refugees who fled Baghdad for India have been accepted for resettlement by Sweden. So far, 91 have left for Sweden; the rest are due to leave in the next six months. Another 10 left for Norway earlier this year.
Within the community, the mood today is noticeably different from before. Back in Iraq, like other Palestinians after the regime change of 2003, they had been targeted and persecuted. Kidnappings were routine, as were midnight knocks on the door in Palestinian homes. Their shops were torched, their homes looted and bombed. They fled terror and the first groups reached India in March 2006.
This group was lucky, they got to India. Others are living in miserable camps on the border of Iraq and Syria. Syria won’t let them in. Neither will any other Muslim country. Why? Well, this article which I meant to post a few days ago, tells us why.
As we have seen in the past, the Iraqi refugees of Palestinian Arab origin are symbolic of the hatred that the Arab world has for Palestinian Arabs. The UNHCR has tried mightily for years to find permanent homes for these people, kicked out of Iraq, but no Arab country (save for a cynical Sudan) has offered to help.
The only countries that do help – Canada, Iceland, Chile and a few others – are vilified by Arabs who pretend to care about their Palestinian brethren, and the reason is clear: to them, “resettlement” means that the refugees will no longer be pawns in the gigantic game of pressuring Israel. Every Palestinian Arab who no longer sits in stateless misery is one less bullet against Israel. The very idea of Palestinian Arabs becoming full citizens of Arab countries is treated as blasphemy, an idea that the UNRWA tried to push in the 1950s but was so violently rebuffed that it became the largest perpetuator of PalArab pain in the guise of gigantic, ever growing “refugee camps.”
And the only people that get hurt are Palestinian Arabs themselves. The Arab world congratulates itself on maintaining “Palestinian unity” but it is just a code word for Palestinian Arab misery.
Frankly, there is no other reasonable explanation for why rich countries like Saudi Arabia won’t take in their fellow Arab Muslims, and no one seems to have the guts to tell them to do their duty. Where is the famous Muslim charity we hear about?
Now, back to the Palestinians headed to Sweden. I thought this was a revealing comment.
What the Palestinians lacked in India was a sense of belonging. Perhaps more than any other community, they long for a homeland, a country to call their own. Resettlement gives them that opportunity. “We dream of Sweden…”
Sweden will be a country of their own? A homeland? Really? Do they know something we don’t know?