Many Palestinians captured by Shiite militias in Iraq have been brutally tortured and forced to “confess” to their alleged involvement in terrorism, according to Palestinian researcher Abu al-Walid.
That has led to the exodus of 19,000 out of the 25,000 Palestinians who lived in Iraq up until recently.
“It is no secret that most of the Arab countries have long been mistreating their Palestinian brethren by subjecting them to a series of Apartheid-like discriminatory laws and regulations that often deny them basic rights,” writes Palestinian-Israeli investigative journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.
“In countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt,” he notes, “Palestinians are treated as second and third class citizens, a fact that has forced many of them to seek better lives in the U.S., Canada, Australia and various European countries.”
The situation is even worse in war-torn Syria, from which a much larger number of Palestinians have fled in the past three years.
“Not only do the Arab countries despise the Palestinians, they also want them to be the problem of Israel alone,” continues Abu Toameh. “That is why, since 1948, Arab governments have refused to allow Palestinians permanently to settle in their countries and become equal citizens. Now these Arab countries are not only denying Palestinians their basic rights, they are also killing and torturing them, and subjecting them to ethnic cleansing.”
What the Arab journalist finds “most interesting” is the “complete indifference displayed by international human rights organizations, the media and the Palestinian Authority toward the mistreatment of Palestinians in Arab countries.”
He is left to derisively conclude that “the UN and other international bodies have obviously not heard of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the Arab world [because] they too are so obsessed with Israel that they prefer not to hear about the suffering of Palestinians under Arab regimes.”