Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Report: Jordan To Revoke Citizenship Of Top Palestinian Officials

According to Arab media, Jordan has started the process of revoking the citizenship of high-ranking Palestinian Authority officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Amman also is purportedly making major changes to the visa arrangements for entry into Jordan, which would only grant the senior officials temporary visiting rights. Many Palestinian politicians, including Abbas and his two sons, received Jordanian passports over a decade ago; this, despite the fact that, concurrently, authorities in Amman were canceling the citizenship of thousands of other residents of the West Bank—which was under Jordanian control from 1948-1967—in order to “consolidate their Palestinian identity.” With millions of Palestinians living in Jordan, King Abdullah II has long viewed their presence as a demographic threat to his rule. Accordingly, restrictions have been placed on Palestinians, including those limiting their representation in the Jordanian parliament. While no reason was given for the apparent decision to strip the Palestinian officials of their Jordanian citizenship, there is speculation it may be a pressure tactic to force Abbas to reverse his decision to boycott the White House in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Trump administration is eager to present a peace plan that has been in the works for over a year, but is purportedly holding back due to Abbas’ refusal to engage in any American-led initiative.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.