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June 15, 2018 9:39 am

A Literal Prison Camp in Lebanon for Palestinians

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Lebanese army soldiers take part in a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut, November 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Mohamed Azakir.

I’ve spoken about Ein al Hilweh, the Palestinian “refugee” camp in Lebanon that is surrounded by a high wall and watchtowers — a literal prison camp.

Now it is even more of a prison camp:

The Lebanese Army has placed electronic security screening gates at all entrances to the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon to screen everyone entering or leaving the camp. The installation of the gates around the perimeter of Ain al-Hilweh drew a strong rebuke from Palestinian factions and camp residents, with activists taking to social media to call for protests at the camp’s entrances. The camp has four main gates in addition to multiple smaller entry points.

The political leadership of secular and Islamists factions in Sidon Sunday held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

The leadership condemned the “e-gates, which damage the brotherly ties between the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples.”

In a statement released after the meeting, the Palestinian factions called for Lebanese authorities to remove the “e-gates, which [undermine] the dignity of the Palestinian people and the families in the Ain al-Hilweh camp.”

They also spoke of the need for “bridges of trust” between Lebanese and Palestinian communities.

I’m sure that the “pro-Palestinian activists” will pressure entertainers to boycott Lebanon for treating Palestinians so badly. I mean, they really care about Palestinians and their rights, don’t they?

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