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HRW: Palestinians in Iraq Targeted With Death Threats

Posted by uscsjp on October 7, 2006

(New York, October 6, 2006) – Shi`a armed groups have threatened to kill Palestinian refugees living in Baghdad if they do not leave Iraq within 72 hours, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch urged the Iraqi government and the Multi-National Forces to investigate these threats and provide greater security to Palestinians in Iraq.

 

A new leaflet obtained by Human Rights Watch and bearing the name of the Al-Bayt Revenge Brigade – Rapid Response Units states that “there is no place for Palestinians in the Iraq of Ali, Hassan, and Hussain.” The names refer to three revered Shi`a imams; in contrast, virtually all Palestinians are Sunni Muslim. The leaflet also warns that “our swords can reach necks” and urges Palestinians to leave within 72 hours and “fight occupation in your own country,” referring to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

According to Baghdad residents, trucks with loudspeakers passed through the al-Dura neighborhood on September 25 and September 30 issuing death threats against Palestinians. . .

Over the past two years, successive Iraqi governments have done little to protect Palestinian refugees and have often displayed open hostility to them, claiming they are involved in terrorism and supporting the insurgency. Officials in Iraq’s ministry of interior have arbitrarily arrested, beaten, tortured and, in a few cases, been implicated in the forcible disappearance of Palestinian residents. Moreover, the interior ministry has imposed onerous registration requirements on Palestinians, forcing them to constantly renew short-term residency permits. The ministry also subjects Palestinians to harassment rather than affording them the treatment they are entitled to because of their status as refugees, which was formally recognized by the Iraqi government. . .

Human Rights Watch urged neighboring countries, including Jordan and Syria, to open their borders to Palestinian refugees fleeing Iraq. The international community should provide financial assistance to the host countries and offer third-country resettlement opportunities. (continued)

 

 

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