Initiative Jachad

Die Situation der Palästinenser in Kuwait


In 1991, when the Iraqi Army invaded Kuwait, Palestinians were 30% of the country’s population. In contrast to other Arab states we mentioned, their condition was fair. As part of the compromise attempts preceding the First Gulf War, Saddam “proposed” withdrawing from Kuwait in return for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO headed by Arafat backed Saddam. This support was the spark for one of the harshest events in Palestinian history.

After Saddam was forced out of Kuwait, an anti-Palestinian campaign began, including persecutions, arrests and show trials. The saga ended with expulsion of 400,000-500,000 Palestinians out of the state. Some of them had been there since the 1930s, and many had no part in Arafat’s support for Saddam.[1] In spite of this, they were collectively punished, in a transfer reminiscent in dimensions to the original 1948 Nakba. Yet there are innumerable publications on the latter, and next to nothing on the former.

[1] Hassan A. El-Najjar, The Gulf War: Overreaction & Excessiveness, Amazone Press 2001, Chapter 10.

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