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Amnesty: Palestinians Ill-Treated In Iraq

From France’s AFP:


Palestinians in Iraq tortured, ill-treated: Amnesty

Sun Sep 30

Thousands of Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been ill-treated, with many of them abducted, tortured and murdered by armed Shiite Muslim groups, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.

The London-based human rights group issued an urgent appeal to the Shiite-led Iraqi government, US-led coalition and international community to take concrete steps to protect the Palestinians.

“Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been subjected to gross human rights abuses including abduction, hostage-taking, unlawful killing, torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of armed militia groups,” it said.

The groups are reportedly linked to some political parties and religious groups, it said.

Palestinians are targeted, it said, because they are seen to have received “preferential treatment” from the ousted dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni like most of them, or they are suspected to support Sunni insurgents.

“Many Palestinians were arrested and detained by the Iraqi security forces for the same reasons. Some were allegedly tortured in detention,” it said.

It said “scores of Palestinian refugees in Iraq” have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003.

It said death threats have forced many Palestinians to flee their homes in Baghdad and other places. Some are hiding inside Iraq; others are stranded in makeshift camps near the border with Syria.

Estimated at 34,000 in May 2006 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Palestinians now number no more than 15,000 in Iraq, most of them in Baghdad but many in Mosul in the north and Basra in the south.

More than 2,100 Palestinians now live in camps near the border with Syria.

Amnesty said the Palestinians are more vulnerable than Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites because they did not have an armed group to defend them.

“So far, the Iraqi government and the US military forces have failed to provide them with adequate protection,” the report said.

It urged the international community, especially the United States and Britain, to help them. It also urged Syria and Jordan to allow Palestinians to cross from Iraq into their countries.

It said some statements from Iraqi government officials have fanned anti-Palestinian sentiment.

It also urged armed groups to stop targeting Palestinians immediately, while urging religious and community groups in Iraq and elsewhere to condemn the attacks.

Funny, I don’t remember any reports from Amnesty International complaining how the Palestinians treat others. Or even each other.

“Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been subjected to gross human rights abuses including abduction, hostage-taking, unlawful killing, torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of armed militia groups,” it said.

Who isn’t subject to attacks, kidnapping, torture and ill-treatment in Iraq?

Palestinians are targeted, it said, because they are seen to have received “preferential treatment” from the ousted dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni like most of them, or they are suspected to support Sunni insurgents.

Never mind that all of this is absolutely true. Remember, Mr. Hussein used to pass out generous rewards to the families of “martyred” Palestinian suicide bombers:

No, it certainly can’t be that the Palestinians have brought any of this upon themselves. They are ideal guests. Just ask Lebanon or Jordan, or any country that has given their refugees shelter.

Amnesty said the Palestinians are more vulnerable than Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites because they did not have an armed group to defend them.

It’s just too bad they are so famously peace-loving they won’t defend themselves.

“So far, the Iraqi government and the US military forces have failed to provide them with adequate protection,” the report said.

Okay then, the US must keep troops in Iraq to protect the Palestinians.

Let’s see the Democrats object to that.

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