Naseem Tarawnah

Dumb, and Dangerous: “Jordan Equals Palestine”

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GETTY | Israeli right-wing member of parliament Arieh Eldad stands in front of the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv on May 24, 2011 with a petition he says was signed by more than 6,000 people supporting the ‘Jordan is Palestine’ solution to the Israel-Arab conflict.

So they managed to garner 6,000 idiots from 69 countries around the world to sign this petition calling Jordan as the alternative homeland for Palestinians? Makes me wonder how many signatures one could get for a petition calling Israel the actual homeland for Palestinians.

I’m glad the Jordanian embassy in Israel refused to let them in but this seems to highlight the fact that there seems to be no purpose for us to have an embassy in that country to begin with, and vice versa. I have never really cared about arguments regarding the existence of either embassy in either country, but had a petition been presented to the Israeli embassy in Amman calling Israel Palestine, would Israel not consider it an act of aggression? Would it not consider it as deligitmizing its existence? Indeed, do these right wing nutters not get that presenting such a ludicrous petition to the Jordanian embassy, in essence, delegitimizes the very existence of the Kingdom?

All that aside, this petition presents a much bigger problem for Jordan. While it is non-representative and in itself does not pose any real danger to the Kingdom, it will likely be used by our country as a pretext for whatever measures it wishes to take in the name of “stability” and “security”. It will be capitalized on like a straw man, and embolden the fears of those believe that there is a vast conspiracy afoot to overthrow the Jordanian state and establish a Palestinian state.

In other words, those who are likely to be hurt the most by such a petition are actually the Jordanian people, and not the state. It is the population that will suffer the backlash. It is the population that will have to endure, even subconsciously, the continued scarring that comes with the national identity question. And it will only serve to pull at the strings of loyalty and mistrust we have of certain demographics within our population.

Whether this petition was an attempt by a group of idiots who truly believe what they believe, or an attempt to push discord amongst Jordanians, is uknown, but worth a moment of consideration.

7 Responses to Dumb, and Dangerous: “Jordan Equals Palestine”

  1. Ayman O 07/10/2011 at 5:52 PM

    Tal
    I am a Palestinian I couldn’t agree with you more.How can we get rational people like you and me to accept to live with each other in peace.I love to live in a Democratic country for both people and I do believe that may be the Jews and Palestinians have the same ancestral origin as one of the commentators mentioned.Lets deal with the current situation now>

  2. red5 03/06/2011 at 5:15 AM

    Jordan was part Palestine though!! It was split from the the British mandate of Palestine in 1921 and given to the arabs.This removed about 78% of the original territory of Palestine and left about 22% where the application of the Balfour Declaration calling for a “Jewish” national home could be applied…
    Jordan was a part of biblical Israel and the current population of Jordan is 50% Palestinian……taking all of this into account i find the above article very one sided and simplistic……..then again not surprising really…..it seems every article i’ve read on this site is very anti Israeli in its stance…..shame

    • Tal 04/06/2011 at 1:57 AM

      I am an Israeli and just to let you know, I agree completely with Naseem Tarawnah, the author of the article. It’s always good and gives a good insight and perspective to place yourself in the other side.

      Red5, I don’t agree with you. The Balfour Declaration is a declaration made up in a colonial past when the British imperialists ruled here. The Brits together with the French drew some lines on a map of the M.E. region and that’s it. I don’t care about those lines. I care about our political reality today and a real solution to the conflict, one that will be fair and just.

    • Simone 04/06/2011 at 9:20 AM

      Hi red – the site is the “voices of the middle east”, and therefore reflects its opinions. We welcome all comment, from all sides – left or right, Christian, or Islamic, Jewish or Hindu, and Israeli or Palestinian. We only ask posters to be able to communicate clearly and well.

  3. shocked 01/06/2011 at 9:19 PM

    The author and the commentator (if that’s what they could possibly call themselves without embarrassing those of us that actually report on the news for a living) could not be more wrong, more misinformed or more stupid. your superficial understanding of the issue is painful and not worthy of comment.

    • Simone 02/06/2011 at 10:16 AM

      To “Shocked” – rather than just insulting the poster, surely you would come across as more rational and considered, if you explained why the argument is wrong. Save the jewish people themselves (and even then not the enlightened ones), no one in the world agrees with the apartheid of the Jewish state.

      The Palestinians can’t just be put into containers and transported into another country.

  4. Kris 01/06/2011 at 4:13 AM

    I hate it when people complain that there are no such thing as Palestinian people, It’s proven by genetics and DNA sampling that the Palestinian people are descended from the people who lived in the holy land for thousands of years! How can Palestinians just move to Jordan? Is that fair to jordanians? To Palestinians? The two groups of people have completely different cultures and history! You can’t expect them to just mesh into one overcrowded loss of identity country! That’s like if you move France and Spain together… Totally RIDICULOUS!

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