Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Why Do the Muslims Neglect the Palestinian Diaspora?

Christopher Jon Bjerknes



The Gazan Palestinians absolutely need help and relief, and I applaud efforts to bring them relief and lift the Israeli siege. But there is another front to this war which the Muslim nations are ignoring, and that is the Palestinian diaspora.

Muslim nations should be pressuring the Israelis for the right of return and shine a spotlight on Jewish racism. At the same time, Muslim nations should invite in Palestinians of the diaspora and give them training and aid and promote their interest in political and journalistic careers. Muslim nations should create an international scholarship program for Palestinians and welcome them into their universities as well as financing their studies in America and Europe.

A healthy and prosperous Palestinian diaspora would be a great boon to the besieged Palestinians of Palestine.