Earlier this month, hundreds of Lebanese Palestinians gathered in front of Beirut’s Canadian embassy to ask for asylum in Canada or the EU. The basis of their claims? Although born in Lebanon, they cannot become Lebanese citizens, and thus have limited job opportunities and are denied many public services. No human-rights organizations have taken up their cause, notes Evelyn Gordon, nor are Western countries accepting their claims for asylum; yet, as a matter of UN policy, and unlike in the case of refugees from every other conflict, neither are Palestinian refugees given any help to resettle in the countries where they live.
It’s Time to Solve the Palestinian Refugee Problem
Benny Gantz Should Be Praised for Compromising, Not Condemned for Capitulating
After three inconclusive elections in a year’s time, Israel’s political stalemate seemed to come to an end last week when the leaders of the two largest parties—Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—agreed to form a governing coalition together with some of the smaller parties. According to the deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for eighteen months, after which he will be succeeded by Gantz. This compromise, paradoxically, has led to the breakup of Gantz’s Blue and White party, as two of its three constituent factions have refused to join the unity government. Their leaders have denounced Gantz for supposedly crumbling before Netanyahu, but Jonathan Tobin argues that he has acted bravely: