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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 04:18 PM
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59. There's confusion in the terminology.
It's easy to confuse citizenship, geographic origin, and ethnicity. Not all Palestinians have Palestinian ID cards, not all Palestinians are Arabs (many geographic Palestinians are Jews, with their families there longer than Arabic's been spoken in the land), and not all Palestinians have roots in Cisjordan.

We often use the word "Palestinian" to mean "Arab with cultural and ethnic roots in Cisjordan", and often restrict that even to those with or eligible for PA-issued IDs. This blinds us to the term's other uses, and causes us to be incautious in the use of the term in general. After all, since we use the term in a given way, everybody else must be forced to use the term in the same way. Hubris? Certainly, at least if it's insisted upon after the range in meaning's been explained.

Many Jordanian Palestinians have nothing to do with Cisjordan. They are living in their ancestral lands and are not refugees from anywhere.
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