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They deserve much better

Could decades of shameful treatment be about to change?

After decades of uneasy relations, Lebanon and its Palestinian population are set to embark on a ground-breaking dialogue to improve conditions in the Palestinian refugee camps and curb uncontrolled armed groups.

For Ibrahim Khalil, that could mean an end to the knee-deep sewage that pours into his home during winter rains.

Our homes are all damp and humid and not fit to live in. When it rains, my home is flooded with sewage because the drains can’t take it. And this is the good part of the camp,” says the Palestinian resident of this squalid refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese town of Sidon.

I saw some of these homes during my travels around the Palestinian refugee camps in early 2005. It was shocking to see hundreds of thousands of people living in squalor, ignored by the world, and only supported by the UN. I was struck, however, by the pride of many refugees in the face of such appalling conditions.

The Lebanese government has spent decades neglecting, and discriminating against, the Palestinians living in their country. Often the Palestinian leadership has been equally careless. As usual, Israel claims no responsibility for the refugees and the US couldn’t care less.

13 comments ↪
  • captain

    Its amazing how they still manage to budget for guns, rockets and explosives.

  • Edward Squire

    "They"? The people living in the camps?

    Oh that's right – "they" are all the same; "they" are a homogeneous collective, worthy of collective punishment. Racism, pure and simple, as usual.

  • Addamo

    Yeah, I wonder if it shold be said that Irael's collective focus is on keeping those 200 nukes shiny and presentable.

  • captain

    And here is some of the evidence.

    Hmmm, Iranians providing tens of millions to palestinians to kill Jews. And all this time whilst their fellow countrymen lived in squalor. Who would have thunk it?

  • Addamo

    Oh shame on Arafat, buying weapons.

    Forget the shelling of Palestinian compounds. That's not terror, that's just boys being boys right?

    How about this little bit of boasting?

    Israeli Professor:
    'We Could Destroy All European Capitals' http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/israel/destroy

    If Iran were to say that. the west would consider it an act of war, but when Israel does it, it's just so cute and delightful.

    And blocking aid to Palestinians isn't really genocide, just an bit of tough love right?

    And of course, we have Israel up to her old tricks of pushing the US to attack countries on her behalf:

    Kevin Zeese: “Hawkish Israeli Lobby Wants War with Iran!” http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/1

    While at the same time, slapping Bush for making any linkage between attacking Iran and Israel:

    Groups to Bush: Drop Iran-Israel Linkage http://www.forward.com/articles/7764

  • captain

    Addamo, its funny that you would rely on an Islamist news source in 2003 to support your fanciful theories. Israel has never threated to destroy European capitals.

    Its odd that you can really only respond to accusations of Arab neglect by trying to attack Israel yet again. Where is the explanation for why the Arab countries are more intent on buying arms than looking after their own people?

  • Addamo

    Captain,

    What's wrong with relying on an Islamist news source, when you quote from a Zionist one? One needs a yard stick to define acceptable behavavior no?

    "Where is the explanation for why the Arab countries are more intent on buying arms than looking after their own people?"

    Are you really that stupid? Look at the US. How much do they spend on defense versus education, health and social seervices?

  • captain

    The problem with using Islamist websites is to do with a tiny little issue of truth and propaganda. Lets see if you can corroborate this quote. If you look at the press source, not only is his name misspelt, this kind of quote is completely at odds with his known positions and with Israel's positions.

    I forgot what a chore it is correcting you and bringing you back on point. Your leader referred to the squalid conditions of palestinians. If we were talking about US poverty, your comments may be relevant. As usual though, they are not. We are talking about Arabs mistreating other Arabs in favour of a systematic campaign of terror and aggression against Jews worldwide. For these governments, it suits them for their brothers to live in squalor. Funny that all of the oil rich arab countries barely life a finger to help these people. I wonder why?

    Where is your outrage at Mrs Arafat living luxuriously whilst her brothers and sisters are suffering? Instead, all you can do is predictably point the finger at Israel.

    STOP THE PRESS: Here is Addammo's source!

  • captain

    Correction: Here is Addamo's source!

    Pure Gold!

  • Addamo

    For god's sake Captain,

    Arafat has been dead how long? And you are still carrying on about him as though he were pulling the strings.

    And the problem with using the Jerusalem post web site is that it too is a vehicle for propaganda.

    Let's talk facts shall we?

    Fact 1: Israel is refusing to hand over an estimated $300 million in Palestinian taxes that are earmarked for employees of the PA. More than 150,000 Palestinians, 25% of the work force have received no income for three months.

    Fact 2: UN commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, said on Friday that the “Palestinians are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe” “Palestinian civilians particularly the most vulnerable such as children, women, and the elderly, should not pay the price for the neglect of human rights and humanitarian obligations.”

    Not discouraged by Arbour's comment's, Dov Weinglass had this to say, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” Eichman could not have put it better.

    Fact 3: The psycopath Bolton claims that the US wants to find an appropriate “international aid mechanism” to transfer the financial assistance. In other words, the US and Israel are preventing the money from reaching the democratically-elected Hamas government.

    Fact 4: The US and Israel are foiling the efforts by the EU and the Arab League to transfer funds through the normal channels leaving the people in the West Bank and Gaza completely cut off from the outside world. The Bush administration has used threats and intimidation to prevent Arab banks from releasing urgently needed funds to the Palestinians.

  • Addamo

    Incidently Captain,

    I noticed you avoided any mention of Israel's push for attacks against Iran, while insisting that the US not mention them.

    Reminds me of a child who goes to hit another, then runs and hides under his mother's skirt. It is the behavious of a scoundrel.

  • captain

    Not discouraged by Arbour’s comment’s, Dov Weinglass had this to say, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” Eichman could not have put it better.

    Addamo, those comments were attributed to Weinglass a few weeks ago. You stated that Arbour made the comment on Friday. How could he be discouraged by comments that he hadn't heard?

    Further more, you completely miss the point. Even before Hamas was elected, the squalor that Ant talked about was never ever addressed by their arab bretheren. Why? Whether it was in Lebanon, Jordan or elsewhere.

    Once again, you have tried to demonise Israel with demonstrably false quotes, have evaded the issue of Arab complicity and duplicity in the suffering of their own and once again get side-tracked by pointing the finger at Israel and the US for refusing to fund a terrorist state.

  • Addamo

    None of the quotes were false Captain,

    But you are skirting around Israel's duplicity in reposnsibility. Arafat has been gone a long time, but even when he was alive, he was the only one the Israeli's agreed to deal with. Why? Because they thought they had him over a barrel and that they would never get their way with the PA.

    The Israeli's then made sure that Abbas was the onyl viable leader to vote for once Arafat was gone. Were Fatah corrupt? Yes, which is why the Palestinians voted for Hamas, who are renowned for their efficiency.

    Now that Hamas is in power, Israel and it's benefactors are deliberately starving the Palestinain people by witholding money that bllongs to teh Paketinians and blocking the EU and Arab countries from letting the money get to them.

    Spin which ever way you will Captain, that is the reality.