To Whom Do We Leave Our Gazan Brethren?

By Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Wed 2 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

The government’s recent measure to implement the closed occupations decision, inclusive of our Gazan brothers who reside in Jordan, is totally out of the official —and unofficial— context, with pending effects and percussions, both calculated and uncalculated.

There many recent pointless decisions, random almost, reflective of the massive separation from reality, and the inability to learn from mistakes and history; as just is the case regarding Gazans in Jordan. It is almost as if the person who moved to pass this decision is no different from an orientalist, clueless to the society and its components, has not an idea why or how the Gazans came to reside in Jordan, nor of their options!

The decision makes it seem as if Palestine has been restored, and that a complete state there has been established. Either that, or somehow, the decision makers in this instance seem to think Gazans in Jordan have an endless array options!

Denying the Gazans work? What work?! Teachers in private schools that more than often do not meet their obligations towards their own teachers and employees, least of which the minimum pay; we have written many a piece on this particular issue. Notwithstanding, this isn’t the only injustice Gazans among us endure. Before this decision was passed, Gazans were denied the right to own property, and of course employment in the public sector, with not enough rights guarded to insure a decent life. So, to top all that suffering, this decision is passed to make their lives even more miserable and complicated; as if it is not hellish enough for them!

There are two problems here: on one hand, the decision itself! On the other, on the fact that the government has not gone back on it in spite of all the protesting, contestation, and the elaboration of consequential risks. Their answers were as unrealistic as they were unconvincing, that this decision has no political inclinations. Still, the most pressing aspect of it the humanitarian part; Gazans endure a very complex and difficult situation, and they are not in need for further complication or suffering.

The many stories on the spot are painful, the last I heard was one of a Jordanian woman who owns a private school. This woman may have to sack her own children, who teach at her school, if she was obliged! How can one who passed this decision imagine themselves in such a situation? Can they tell us how they would feel?

Additionally, there are several crucial questions the government has to ask; to whom do we leave the Gazans? Why tighten the noose? Does the government realise the percussions of the decision and its effects on the Gazan social component? Does the government guarantee this does not throw them into all kinds of extremism and creates a perfect social environment for the infestation of extremist thought because of the desperation and hardship?

The more general predicament today lies in the fact that these decision are not being thought through by the government; as if the processes that produce such decisions totally dismiss the security and social aspects of decisions that seem on surface merely technical. Contrarily, wise governance dictates that no technical issue is viewed in separation from possible outcomes; socially, humanitarianly, and else; otherwise, we would have forfeited out own humanity and have become more or less machines run by corporations, instead citizens in a country!

It is only reasonable, as it is for the greater good, that the decision be reversed; it might actually be feasible. More so, not only should the decision be reversed, but other decisions need to be considered, granting more rights to Gazans in the domestic market place, the facilitation of university education, and allowing them to purchase property and real estate. This may be beneficial for everybody; it, on one side. alleviates pressures off Gazans and eases their lives out, to some extent, with the some widows of hope cracked open, and on the other, may revitalise the economy and help pump money into it its cycles.

The Gazans were driven out of their homes, and took refuge in Jordan, by a terroristic occupier. And instead of tightening life for them, we need to cut them some slack, make it a little easier for them, until they return home, as they would dream. And instead of holding on to technicalities and vacant political excuses; we need to safeguard human rights to the minimum basic of a decent life.

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