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UAE denies expelling Palestinian and Lebanese Shi’ite residents

Officials at the UAE Nationality and Residency Department in Dubai denied claims that hundreds of...

September 6, 2009 12:01 by

Officials at the UAE Nationality and Residency Department in Dubai denied claims that hundreds of Palestinian and 45 Lebanese Shi’ites have been forced to leave the Emirates, reports Reuters.

Hussam Ahmed, head of the Refugee Affairs Department in the Gaza Strip, and a senior Lebanese official, both said that their compatriots were deported for no apparent reason.

“(This is) an operation of mass displacement of Palestinians in the UAE, especially those of Gaza origins, without known reasons other than security pretexts,” Ahmed said in a statement issued in Gaza on Thursday, citing the UAE town of al-Ain.

Khairy al-Aridi, Palestinian ambassador to the UAE, confirmed that the UAE is replacing foreign professionals with UAE citizens as part of the government’s Emiratization program.

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  1. Ahmad on September 6, 2009 8:06 am

    How could you deny WHAT EVERBODY KNOWS in the UAE… at least 350 Palestinians got fired for NO GOOD REASON – that means +/- 350 families.

  2. Ghazanfar Hyderi on September 6, 2009 11:03 am

    This is sick. Ordinary people and their families must not be dragged into Iran v US Allies covert war.

  3. Amin on September 8, 2009 7:41 am

    Covert War?? Allies ?? I thought all arab nations HATE US… Anyways, It is sickening but not unexpected….Its their country and their wish how to live this Life… Did I hear Devoutly Religious society….(Who DARED say that…..)

  4. roful on September 8, 2009 8:29 am

    Emiratization, wow. If that isn’t discrimination, i don’t know what is.

  5. Lina on September 13, 2009 2:46 am

    UAE is trying to maintain stability and security and should be applauded for doing so!
    those who have sentiment of hatered should not be living in this peaceful country.. let them go and fight for their right in their own territory..

  6. Kerim on September 13, 2009 8:22 am

    I haven’t seen Indian or British nationals who lost their jobs also claim to be discriminated. Its a typical Palestinian syndrome that everyone hates them. Yet if you are a good citizen of your own territory, I advice you to go back and fight. Sitting in Dubai’s 5 star hotels and playing the victim will not help your freedom fight.

  7. Samer on October 2, 2009 12:04 am

    This is so sick from the UAE, and we thought that we are living in an open and moderate country, i guess we were wrong. So now even the UAE is becoming the US slave??

    sad sad sad news shame on UAE for doing that.

  8. Rami on December 19, 2010 7:25 pm

    lol, and if you were born in UAE and has nothing to do with any political background??

    why get deported then??

    I know 2 people who got deported and they were born here and they had no relation with anything political.


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