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Refugees International: Bring the Iraqi Palestinians here now!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 19, 2008

Refugees International an NGO (Non-governmental organization) that lobbies to bring more refugees to America is taking up the cause of Iraqi Palestinians caught at the border of Iraq.   The reason these Iraqi Palestinians were fleeing Iraq, according to a Brookings Institution report, is that they were favored by Saddam Hussein and he encouraged their residence in Iraq.  When Saddam met his fate, they fled their homes in an attempt to escape irate Iraqis who had been persecuted by Saddam’s regime.  In other words, it was payback, so don’t let them make you feel guilty, they were not fleeing American military action.

Recently a plan has developed to send 3000 of these Palestinian Iraqi refugees to Sudan—a decision which has really ticked off Refugees International and their ilk.   Bring them here they say: 

Approximately 34,000 stateless Palestinians have lived in Iraq since 2003. Since the beginning of U.S. military operations in Iraq, many suffered persecution at the hands of the Iraqi government and other armed groups. More than 3,000 fled to the Syrian-Iraqi border, where they live in makeshift tents in the desert with limited access to basic services. Syria refuses to allow them to enter its territory and only a few have been resettled, mostly to Sweden and Chile. Failure to act on the part of the U.S. government and other resettlement countries led UNHCR to sign a tripartite agreement with the PLO and the Government of Sudan that called for the relocation of this population to a neighborhood of Khartoum.

“We must not allow this vulnerable population to be used as pawns in a greater political game,” said Younes. “The U.S. government should acknowledge the vulnerability of this stateless population and resettle them here. It is appalling that Sudan, a country infamous for its violations of international humanitarian law, has stepped in to protect these people when the U.S. would not.”

To resettle this vulnerable population expeditiously, Refugees International urged the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to create a special category to process refugee applications. Any process should be held without prejudice to the Palestinians’ right to return to their homeland.

Note that the PLO has been involved in this.  I would like to know why rich Arab countries like Saudi Arabia can’t begin to resettle Muslim refugees into their Muslim country.  Or why won’t Muslim Jordan and Syria let them in?

If we take any (we probably will) lets make sure, as Judy suggested the other day, that they go to cities like Berkeley, CA!  What the heck, put all 34,000 in a city that loves the Palestinian cause.  Maybe the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society could get the government contract to do the resettling.

9 Responses to “Refugees International: Bring the Iraqi Palestinians here now!”

  1. […] is a story that is a real stretch.   We have written before about the Iraqi Palestinians who had been favored by Saddam Hussein.  When Saddam’s […]


  2. […] by acorcoran on August 5, 2008 We have written on several occasions about the Palestinians favored by Saddam Hussein who attempted to get out of […]


  3. judyw said

    Probably the media do not want to disclose the extent of the Palestinians’ evildoing. To them, making Palestinians look bad might make Israel look good, and that will never do.


  4. acorcoran said

    Thanks for the comment, Truth, we appreciate your more detailed description of the “Palestinian Iraqis” role in the Saddam regime. We aren’t trying to fool anyone, we just knew they were bad news but no one was saying it, and we didn’t know to what extent.

    Those trying to fool people are the NGO’s who want to make it sound like these are persecuted people because we are in Iraq and now they want to bring them to the US. We don’t want our country fooled into taking them.


  5. Turth, not lies said

    The so called Palestinian Iraqis were part of Saddam’s forces for enforcing his rule. They committed some of the most heinous atrocities against Shias in Iraq. They were involved in the killing of women and children in the post Gulf-war crack down on Shias and the shooting inside the shrine in Karbala. It was not simply the case of, “Saddam Hussein…encouraged their residence in Iraq.” What you refer to as irate Iraqis were getting justice. Lets not get things confused and try to fool people!


  6. acorcoran said

    See more on this from Jerry Gordon at the American Congress for Truth blog:


  7. acorcoran said

    Check out this blog for more information on this topic.


  8. acorcoran said

    Thanks to my friend Jerry at the ACT blog for reminding me (his brain pulls pieces together better than mine!) Refugees International chairman of the board is Farooq Kathwari, so it is no surprise that RI is more interested in Palestinians than Iraqi Christian refugees.

    I wrote previously about Kathwari and RI here:


  9. Mark said

    Jordan and Syria are seriously overloaded with Iraqi refugees, so the Palestinians from Iraq shouldn’t be shoved over there. And for once, I agree with Refugees International, although for different reasons – they shouldn’t go to Sudan either. Sudan is controlled by a criminal regime that will no doubt induct the Palestinians into the Sudanese military and use them to kill Darfurians, South Sudanese, you name it. No thanks. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates? Yes.


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