Palestinian privilege: The “right” to free housing, forever
From UNRWA’s Instagram feed:
[Ibrahim says:] Three years ago, there was very cold night and the power’s cut off. My daughter, a university student, lit a candle so she could study. The candle caused a fire. A miracle rescued us and we coped with burned walls until UNRWA completely reconstructed the house. Now our house will be safe. “
Over 8000 Palestine refugee families in the West Bank like Ibrahim have houses that need rehabilitation. #shareyourwarmth
If your house burns down, unless you have insurance, you are out of luck.
But when Palestinian houses burn down, they can call on the United Nations to rebuild those houses. For free.
Ibrahim is not a refugee by any stretch of the imagination.
- He owns and lives in a house.
- He is living under the government of his people, the Palestinian Authority.
- His house is in within the borders of British Mandate Palestine that he is supposedly a “refugee” from.
- Obviously, he never fled oppression – his grandfather fled a home a few miles away, perhaps out of fear of fighting or because he didn’t want to be under Jewish rule.
- Ibrahim probably has a job, and if not there is nothing stopping him from getting one.
- The lack of power in his house that resulted in the events that led to the fire had nothing to do with Israel.
But since Ibrahim is a Palestinian, this homeowner – who lives in a state recognized by over 130 nations – can demand the right to having his house rebuilt at the world’s expense. UNRWA happily asks for donations to help Ibrahim and people like him.
Thousands of people whose homes burn down every month have no such recourse.
What makes Ibrahim so special?
Because he has Palestinian privilege.
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