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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Palestinians Arriving in
the US from Iraq,
Urgent Help Needed to Support them
Al-Awda, September 14, 2009
Urgent Help Needed to Support Palestinians Arriving in the US
TO ALL AL-AWDA MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS
The US government has
approved the entire population of Al-Waleed Palestinian refugee camp for
resettlement as refugees in the US in the coming year. For more
The first Palestinian family of the year will be arriving next week in San
Diego on Wednesday September 16, 2009. This family, as with all the
refugees who will be relocated to the US from Al-Waleed, will arrive
essentially with essentially nothing. Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to
Return Coalition, is therefore conducting an urgent fund raising campaign
to help all the Palestinian refugees arriving in the US soon with their
transition to a new life in this country.
estimated 19,000 Palestinians, out of an initial population of 34,000,
fled Iraq since the American invasion in 2003. Of these refugees,
approximately 2500 have been stranded, under very harsh conditions, some
for more than five years, in three camps, Al-Tanaf, Al-Waleed and Al-Hol.
These camps are located in the middle of the desert far from any
population centers. Al-Tanaf camp is located in no-man's land on the
borders between Iraq and Syria. Al-Waleed in located on the Iraqi side of
the border with Syria and Al-Hol is located in Syria in the Hasaka region.
The camp residents had fled largely from Baghdad due to harassment,
threats of deportation, abuse by the media, arbitrary detention, torture
and murder by organized death squads. They thus became refugees again,
originally as a result of the Zionist theft and colonial occupation of
Palestine beginning in 1948. Some became refugees also when they were
expelled from Kuwait in 1991 by the US-backed Kuwaiti government. Now,
after years of waiting, many of the refugees stranded in the camps on the
borders of Iraq are being relocated largely to Europe and the US, which
continues its occupation of Iraq to this day.
Palestinian family from Al-Waleed this year will be arriving in San Diego
on September 16, 2009, a few days before the end of the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan, with 1350 more Palestinians to follow in the months
ahead. According to the Christian Science Monitor most of these will be
resettled in California and possibly Pennsylvania and Omaha.
Al-Awda is asking all its activists, members and supporters to
contribute to help our sisters and brothers in their move to the US.
Please donate today!
Address your tax-deductible donation via
check or money order to: Al-Awda, PRRC, PO Box 131352, Carlsbad, CA 92013,
USA - Please note on the memo line of the check "Palestinians from Iraq"
Alternatively, please donate online using your credit card. Go to
http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and follow the simple instructions.
Please indicate that your donation is for "Palestinians from Iraq" with
Drop off locations:
We will also need
furniture, cars, clothes, toys for the kids etc. The following are the
current drop off locations:
8531 Wellsford pl # f,
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Te: 562-693-1600 Tel: 323-350-0000
1773 West Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
California residents, an emergency meeting is being called for this Sunday
starting at 2 PM at the Al-Awda Center, 2734 Loker Avenue West Suite K, in
Carlsbad CA 92010.
Our sisters and brothers need all the help they can
get after having suffered from the death squads in Baghdad, and more than
five years stranded in the camps. We need our people to feel at home as
much as possible. We can not disappoint them.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is a not for profit
tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under
IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.