The Status of Palestinians in Jordan and the Anomaly of Holding a Jordanian Passport
Shaul M Gabbay*
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA
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- Shaul Gabbay
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord Street Denver, CO 80208, USA
Tel: 303 871-2560
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 14, 2013; Accepted Date: January 25, 2014; Published Date: February 05, 2014
Citation: Gabbay SM (2014) The Status of Palestinians in Jordan and the Anomaly of Holding a Jordanian Passport. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 2:113. doi: 10.4172/2332-0761.1000113
Copyright: © 2014 Gabbay SM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The shared history of Palestinians and Jordanians has been an amalgamation of triumphs and failures, peace and violence. Forces both internal and external, have contributed to keep the two groups in a paradoxical state somewhere between dependence and resentment. Currently, and since 1988 when Jordan disengaged from the West Bank, these tensions have resulted in the disenfranchisement of many of Jordan’s citizens who are of Palestinian origin. In this paper I explore both the harsh new realities that face those Palestinians who have been stripped of their Jordanian citizenship, as well as the tumultuous history between Palestinians and Jordanians that has led to the current state of affairs between them. On the practical level this paper attempts to explain the anomaly-a counterintuitive result whereby the holders of a National Passport without a national number on it have no rights compared to the holder of a mere Jordanian Identity Card, which includes a national number. As this paper will highlight, this seemingly minute distinction between the two documents allows for significant differences in the application of basic legal rights between the holders of these two documents and for the violation of certain basic legal rights for one of them.