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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jordan stripping more Palestinian Arabs of their rights

Jordan's Al Majd newspaper reported Monday that Jordan has been quietly removing (or not renewing) "yellow cards" from Jordanians of Palestinian origin.

Jordanians of Palestinian origin have been steadily losing their rights ever since 1988. They replaced their passports with "yellow cards" that were effectively travel documents that were valid for 5 years, and "green cards" that were valid for two years.

Over the past few years this discrimination has accelerated. Jordanian officials give roundabout reasons for this, all of them coming down to that this is a way to help bring about a Palestinian Arab state - so of course it is for their own good.

HRW wrote a report on this discrimination last February.