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Arab States Invalidate Travel Documents of Palestinian Refugees

Published : 24-09-2018

Arab States Invalidate Travel Documents of Palestinian Refugees

A number of Arab governments announced their decision to ban the entry of Palestinian refugees holding travel documents issued in such countries as Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

According to Palestinian officials, Arab governments called on Palestinians taking refuge in their territories to abandon their travel documents and try to obtain Palestinian Authority-sanctioned passports.

The officials said the measure serves Israeli interests and forcibly dismantles the refugee status of the displaced Palestinians along with their right to return to their homeland.

A handful of such measures was opted for and put into effect by the Saudi authorities and the United Arab Emirates in an attempt to force the Palestinians to seek refuge outside of their territories.

In 1955, the League of Arab States prohibited granting dual citizenship to Arab nationals and ruled that Palestinian refugees be not granted another Arab nationality to preserve his/her Palestinianhood. At the same time, the Syrian, Lebanese, and Iraqi authorities issued travel documents for Palestinian refugees in order to smooth their movement across the region.

Most of the Gulf countries along with Turkey and a number of Arab governments have outlawed granting visas to Palestinians with Syrian travel documents.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7735

A number of Arab governments announced their decision to ban the entry of Palestinian refugees holding travel documents issued in such countries as Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

According to Palestinian officials, Arab governments called on Palestinians taking refuge in their territories to abandon their travel documents and try to obtain Palestinian Authority-sanctioned passports.

The officials said the measure serves Israeli interests and forcibly dismantles the refugee status of the displaced Palestinians along with their right to return to their homeland.

A handful of such measures was opted for and put into effect by the Saudi authorities and the United Arab Emirates in an attempt to force the Palestinians to seek refuge outside of their territories.

In 1955, the League of Arab States prohibited granting dual citizenship to Arab nationals and ruled that Palestinian refugees be not granted another Arab nationality to preserve his/her Palestinianhood. At the same time, the Syrian, Lebanese, and Iraqi authorities issued travel documents for Palestinian refugees in order to smooth their movement across the region.

Most of the Gulf countries along with Turkey and a number of Arab governments have outlawed granting visas to Palestinians with Syrian travel documents.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/7735