In his distinguished book ‘Deadly Identities’, the international Lebanese–French writer Amin Maalouf says that “The more an immigrant feels his culture of origin respected, the more he will open himself to the culture that has received him.”
The number of Palestinians in Kuwait before the atrocious invasion and occupation of the country by Saddam Hussein was 400,000 and were not only the largest community, but nearly two thirds of the number of Kuwaitis themselves.
During the ordeal of the invasion and occupation, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat put his trust and weight behind the criminal dictator Saddam Hussein, and he and the Palestinians paid a heavy price for his position, despite the fact that a large number of Palestinians stood by the Kuwaitis.
On the other hand, the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stood with the right of the Kuwaitis, opposing many voices in Egypt from artistes, intellectuals and others, demanding that he should stand with Saddam. Kuwait thanked him for his position and the entire Egyptian people benefited from the position taken by their president, including those who opposed the liberation of Kuwait.
This is the fate of peoples throughout the world and history. They pay the price or benefit from the positions and decisions taken by their leaders, and the experiences of many people are evident.
Due to the despicable Saddam’s invasion during the bloody months of occupation, most of the citizens and residents were forced to escape from the oppression of the Ba’athist forces. Among the 400,000 Palestinians who left the government did not allow them to return after liberation, thus their number declined to about 25,000, a majority of whom are those who stayed in the country and did not leave Kuwait during the seven months of occupation.
After the liberation, a big vacuum was left by the Palestinians, especially in education and construction contracting sectors and dozens of other important professions, such as accountants and bankers, in the oil and chemical industries and other industries and businesses, which were dominated completely by some of them.
Over time the Egyptians are doing almost everything that was being done by the Palestinians before the invasion, and more.
In order not to repeat the mistake of relying on one human element, with all respect for the Egyptian brothers, it is important to reconsider and adjust the demographic situation so that the citizen, resident and the employer have wider, greater and perhaps better options.
This can be achieved by allowing the Palestinians, who do not to exceed the age of forty, and did not take any hostile position during the invasion and occupation of Kuwait, to come again and work with us, while facilitating the entry of other nationals such as the Lebanese and Jordanians and others, and if the situation remains as it is now, it is not in the interest of security of the homeland and the citizen.
By Ahmad Al-Sarraf