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A reminder to people dealing with the Near-East calamities, especially to our One people, One Nation

I received this post from someone interested in knowing more on the political conditions in Lebanon and our policies toward the refugees (Palestinians and Syrians).

“I’d like to thank you for your blog article ‘How US State Department created 5 million Palestinian refugees?’ (May 31, 2012; https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/how-us-state-department-created-5-million-palestinian-refugees/).

I found your article while surfing for background perspective on recent news about the Trump Administration’s alleged efforts to reform the definition of ‘Palestinian refugees’ from the UNRWA (hereditary) standard to the UNCHR (non-herdeditary) norm, and to undermine UNRWA and their operations (https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/08/03/trump-palestinians-israel-refugees-unrwaand-allies-seek-end-to-refugee-status-for-millions-of-palestinians-united-nations-relief-and-works-agency-unrwa-israel-palestine-peace-plan-jared-kushner-greenb/).

Your article provided some of the most useful and relevant information on this subject, far better (I’m sorry to say) than most of the articles by professional journalists in the States who are supposed to inform my fellow citizens about the proceedings of our government.

I’d be interested in reading your thoughts, incidentally, on these current events, since this particular aspect of US policy could have a fundamental effect on Lebanon’s ‘confessional’ government, since it would theoretically challenge the legality of denying citizenship to the large Palestinian (and now Syrian) population that immigrated as asylum-seekers.”

My reply was:

“Your queries requires another expanded article to reply to your concerns. I would start by reminding my readers of a few fundamentals;

1) A reminder for our people in the Near-East that Israel was implanted in our region to prevent any daily trade and communication among the same people (in the Near East and an expansion to the Middle-East as a strategic geopolitical region).

2) Israel was created to fail us any sustained development among the same people who were divided into “independent” States to foment civil wars among themselves as any kinds of development emerged.

3) Israel and the colonial powers of USA/France/Britain are existential threat to our future well-being. Their goal is to hinder and prevent any facilitation of daily interconnection.

4) This region was linked by train system and boats before the establishment of Israel, and when any part experienced economic difficulties, they simply transferred to another part.

5) We are One people and One Nation with same language (different slang obviously), same tradition, same customs same culinary system…The colonial powers didn’t want this One people to resume their progress since the discovery of Oil and Gas in abundance could be used as a  strategic weapon.

6) Israel was used as a colonial implant to effectively separate this One people. Consequently, each State is behaving in isolation of the common interest and denying the refugees (consequence of the Machiavelli plans of the colonial powers) permanent residency that would satisfy Israel requirement of transforming itself into a purely Jewish Homeland, which it blatantly confirmed it in its recent constitution. 

7) The US “christian” Evangelical Zionist movement provided the religious background as excuse to fulfilling the colonial powers interest in a divided region.

8) Trump is simply ratifying what Congress has already proclaimed 2 decades ago that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. and the process is being quickened.

9) Thus, No other alternative to the people in this region but to resist this advanced and hurried process of re-transferring everybody for the nth time since 1948.

Generation Y comic-strips from around the world – in pictures

Waraq Collective, Beirut, Lebanon
Waraq founders– Joan Baz, 27, Ashley Choucair, 28, David Habchy, 28, and Hussein Nakhal, 25

It is a multidisciplinary collective working in illustration, animation, art direction and performing arts.“We are a quartet that live and work in an old Beirut yellow house called Beit Waraq (House of Paper). This house has become an open cultural space for the community, hosting monthly workshops, screenings, performances and other cultural events.

As Lebanese have inherited religious and political consciousness from their parents, it is becoming a major the gap within our peers. This is an issue that starts in school, continues in university, and follows us all throughout our careers.

We are called the postwar generation, yet we live in a state of war. Maybe it is about time we choose what to inherit.”

Sofia Niazi, 27, London, UK
Sofia is an illustrator and editor who works on OOMK (One of my Kind), a magazine about women, creativity and spirituality. “I’m a bit obsessed with the internet and whether it’s going to fry our brains and turn our bodies to mush. So far research is inconclusive. One thing that a lot of people seem to agree on, though, is that the internet has resulted in an increase in our working hours. I feel like one of our new jobs – particularly important to a lot of young people today who have grown up with the internet – is ‘digital self-management’ or ‘reputation control’.”

Sam Wallman, 28, Melbourne, Australia
Sam is an organiser for a large trade union in Melbourne. He recently illustrated a first-person account of what it’s like to work in a detention centre for asylum seekers, run by the British company Serco. “Australia is a very wealthy country, and some people argue that this has led to an unquestioning, apolitical generation of young people – I reckon maybe there’s something else at work.”

Sumit Drew, 26, Delhi, India
Sumit is a cartoonist based in Delhi. He is the author of the graphic novel The Itch You Can’t Scratch, as well as Kashmir Ki Kahani, an online webcomic that narrates the history of Kashmir conflict, and he is passionate about Indian education. “The world’s largest youth population crams in dingy corners during the most important years of their lives! I think that’s absurd. What do you think?”

Ashley Choukeir and David Habchy from @WARAQ_Org in the @guardian how cool! http://t.co/ePt36sJXwi
Generation Y comic-strips from around the world – in pictures
theguardian.com

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