King Abdullah II, the current King of Jordan, said Jordan and Egypt will not accept refugees from Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.
He said accepting refugees is a “red line.”
“The first part of the question on the issue of refugees coming to Jordan and I think I can quite strongly speak on behalf not only of Jordan as a nation but of our friends in Egypt: That is a red line, because I think that is the plan by certain of the usual suspects to try and create de facto issues on the ground,” he said.
“No refugees in Jordan, no refugees in Egypt.”
BREAKING: King Abdullah II won't allow refugees: "No refugees in Jordan and no refugees Egypt."
Will America be as smart? pic.twitter.com/geIBDDBpba
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The Hill reports:
Jordan and Egypt will not accept Palestinian refugees amid the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Jordanian King Abdullah II said Tuesday.Advertisement
“This is a situation that has to be handled within Gaza and the West Bank,” he said in a meeting with the German chancellor, The Associated Press reported. “And you don’t have to carry this out on the shoulders of others.”
Israel’s relentless aerial bombardment campaign in Gaza has killed thousands, including over 1,000 children, Al Jazeera reported. Over a million people — half of Gaza’s population — have also been displaced as food, water and medical supplies run out.
“The whole region is on the brink,” Abdullah said. “This new cycle of violence is leading us towards the abyss.”
There is no way for Gazans to leave the small, 140 square-mile territory except for a single border crossing with Egypt in the south, but the Egyptian government has been reluctant to accept refugees — wary that there would be no way for them to return to their homes.
With the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, projections estimate around 1 million refugees may flee the Gaza Strip.
Some U.S. lawmakers argue the United States should accept them.
“Fifty percent of the population in Gaza are children. The international community as well as the United States should be prepared to welcome refugees from Palestine while being very careful to vet and not allow members of Hamas,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), according to the New York Post.
Republican lawmakers asserted their opposition to the proposal.
Per the New York Post:
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said they would oppose Palestinian resettlement efforts here.
“The U.S. is the most generous nation in the world, but we are in no position to accept additional refugees, especially from a region with as high a risk of terrorism, given our nation’s inability to secure our own border or vet those who are already here,” Rubio told The Post.
Scott added that “the entire focus of the United States right now should be on rescuing American hostages, and making sure that Israel has every resource needed to defeat Iran backed-Hamas and defend its homeland.”
Cotton said “Iran should take responsibility for any Palestinian refugees caused by its proxy . . . war with Israel. Iran is responsible for the death and destruction — it should be responsible for refugees as well.”
The White House repeatedly refused to say whether it would be open to accepting refugees from the conflict.
House Republicans plan to introduce legislation to ban Palestinian refugees from being resettled in the United States.
.@RepTiffany (R-WI) and Rep. @AndyOgles (R-TN) are introducing legislation that would ban Biden’s administration from importing Palestinians to the United States to be resettled in American communities. https://t.co/xBRIdqJ4mO
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 13, 2023
The bill, exclusively shared with Breitbart News ahead of its introduction, is titled the “Guaranteeing Aggressors Zero Admission Act” or the GAZA Act. The legislation would prevent Biden’s administration from issuing visas to those with Palestinian Authority passports.
“Following the horrific attack by Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists on innocent Israeli civilians, the last thing America ought to do is trust identity documents issued by the radicals that oversee these territories,” Tiffany said in a statement. “We need to put our security at home first and that starts by closing the door to bad actors who might be seeking to enter our country.”
Likewise, the bill would prevent Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from funneling Palestinians into the U.S. through the agency’s parole pipeline.
“At a time when the threat of terrorism is not only grotesquely on display but being encouraged and justified, it is critical that we do our best to ensure the security of our nation,” Ogles said.Advertisement