Lebanon debates giving Palestinians rights

Dear Editor,

We saw your “Lebanon debates giving Palestinians rights,” published earlier under the poetic title “Palestinians, crammed for decades in refugee camps in Lebanon, may get broader right to work.” Either headline was worth its formulation already as it informs people of something generally and for decades considerably consistently kept away from the general public outside the Region. And then the report is such an elaborate, well-organized and easy-read – bravo!

There ARE a few problems within the text:

– “after his family fled what is now Israel” – we would say: after his family allegedly fled what is now Israel.
“lost her right leg in an Israeli air raid” – we would say: allegedly lost her right leg in an Israeli air raid.
Anti-Israel rhetoric and story telling are endemic here. For truth-loving outsiders it’s therefore important not to dismiss everything that is being said but at the same time to keep some reserve about accusations toward Israel.

– “attacking Israel repeatedly from southern Lebanon, giving Israel a pretext to attack villages and twice invade” – we would say: attacking Israel repeatedly from southern Lebanon, giving Israel a necessity to attack terrorists hiding in villages and twice occupying and patrolling lands.

– “Unlike in neighboring Arab countries like Syria and Jordan where Palestinians enjoy more rights, the refugees in Lebanon live mostly on U.N. agencies’ handouts and payments from the rival Palestinian factions.” – we would say: Also in neighboring Arab countries and areas like Gaza, Syria and Jordan, while Palestinians do enjoy more rights, millions of refugees there too live mostly on U.N. agencies’ handouts and payments from the rival Palestinian factions, or have fled the Region creating their own world-wide diaspora.

– “Fanaticism and extremism thrive on misery and poverty” – we would say: Fanaticism and extremism thrive on misery and poverty, popular wisdom goes. (This Marxist thesis has never been properly proved.)

But again, thank you for addressing this injustice. Icing on the cake would have been if you had mentioned that the young State of Israel absorbed millions of Arab (Jewish) refugees and did it’s best to not have any refugee camps. But without icing it’s still cake. Thanks.

Shalom,

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