A Reminder as to Lebanese “Apartheid”

Image: Nour Madhoun

My London has a report about the daughter of a “palestinian refugee” who faces discrimination in Lebanon.

A refugee from Palestine who was stopped from becoming a doctor in Lebanon because of where she was from is now working as a district nurse at a hospital in London.

Nour Madhoun’s father’s family left Palestine in 1948. She was born and raised in Lebanon and her mother was Lebanese.

Nour, now 28, always dreamed of becoming a doctor, but because her father was Palestinian the profession wasn’t open to her in Lebanon, even if she had the right education.

Nour told MyLondon: “My father and his family are the ones who were forcibly displaced from Palestine to Lebanon because of the war.

“I was born and raised in Lebanon, but there was a lot of obstacles I had to overcome.

“I always wanted to become a doctor, but its not allowed under Lebanese law to be enrolled.

“Even if I got my masters I can’t become a doctor. Its only for the Lebanese people. Once they know I am a refugee they will make excuses not to hire me.”

Nour says Palestinians like herself don’t just face restrictions in their careers, but also can’t buy a house in their own name.

Think any of those who claim to care about palestinian Arabs will draw attention to her plight? Me neither.

What the report does not mention is had her father stayed, as a loyal citizen, in what was to become Israel, she could totally be a doctor.

Also note how ridiculous it is that a 28-year-old woman born in Lebanon is considered a palestinian refugee, just because her father happened to live there in 1948.

Hat tip: Michal

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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