Saudis, other Gulf states not taking in Syrian refugees

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Saudis, other Gulf states not taking in Syrian refugees

MosqueBy John Ruberry

One of the five pil­lars of Islam is zakāt, that is, char­i­ta­ble giving.

It seems that the six Ara­bian Gulf States, Qatar, the United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait, Obama, Bahrain, and Saudi Ara­bia have, accord­ing to Amnesty Inter­na­tional, “offered zero reset­tle­ment places to Syr­ian refugees.” These Mus­lim nations have been exposed as hyp­ocrites, but none more than the Saudis, whose auto­cratic king counts Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques as one of his titles.

Images drive the news – and the sad pho­to­graph of a drowned three year-​old Syr­ian boy that washed up on a Turk­ish beach caught the atten­tion of many peo­ple across the world.

The record of Gulf States and other Mus­lim nations in regards to Arab refugees is a poor one. Nearly sev­enty years after Arab armies were defeated in Israel’s War of Inde­pen­dence, mil­lions of Pales­tin­ian refugees – nearly all of them descended from the orig­i­nal refugees from that war – are state­less. Some esti­mates are that half of all Pales­tini­ans are offi­cially state­less, although they exist as sub-​citizens in some nations such as Kuwait. They are pawns in the Israeli-​Palestinian con­flict. If these refugees become cit­i­zens in a Gulf State – they’ll prob­a­bly be less eager to return the their ances­tral home.

While Turkey, Lebanon, and Jor­dan are host­ing large num­bers of Syr­ian refugees – many of them don’t seem eager to stay there. The wel­fare ben­e­fits of the Euro­pean Union are attract­ing those peo­ple who are flee­ing the Civil War. The Pope is call­ing for each Euro­pean parish to adopt a Syr­ian refugee fam­ily.

Where is the call from the Saudi king to have each mosque in his nation to host a Syr­ian family?

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

MosqueBy John Ruberry

One of the five pillars of Islam is zakāt, that is, charitable giving.

It seems that the six Arabian Gulf States, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Obama, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia have, according to Amnesty International, “offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.” These Muslim nations have been exposed as hypocrites, but none more than the Saudis, whose autocratic king counts Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as one of his titles.

Images drive the news–and the sad photograph of a drowned three year-old Syrian boy that washed up on a Turkish beach caught the attention of many people across the world.

The record of Gulf States and other Muslim nations in regards to Arab refugees is a poor one. Nearly seventy years after Arab armies were defeated in Israel’s War of Independence, millions of Palestinian refugees–nearly all of them descended from the original refugees from that war–are stateless. Some estimates are that half of all Palestinians are officially stateless, although they exist as sub-citizens in some nations such as Kuwait. They are pawns in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If these refugees become citizens in a Gulf State–they’ll probably be less eager to return the their ancestral home.

While Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees–many of them don’t seem eager to stay there. The welfare benefits of the European Union are attracting those people who are fleeing the Civil War. The Pope is calling for each European parish to adopt a Syrian refugee family.

Where is the call from the Saudi king to have each mosque in his nation to host a Syrian family?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.