Monday, May 7, 2012

Register! I am Palestinian

Instead of being viewed as citizens, Palestinian refugees and exiles are conceptualised as “supporters” or “solidarity activists,” merely seen as members of charitable associations whose role is to offer financial and moral support. This is an inadequate conception that has negatively impacted the interaction of Palestinians abroad with Palestinian leaderships. It has also undermined their ability to counter the lobbies that are working against the Palestinian cause, especially in the West. Palestinian bodies and representative offices, regardless of their political background, have all failed in establishing a relationship that is based on the genuine participation of Palestinians abroad.

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