The Lebanese parliament voted during its Tuesday extraordinary session on Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt’s draft law concerning granting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon civil rights to refer the issue to the administrative and justice committee to study and submit recommendation to parliament .
Hezbollah and Amal MPs voted in favor of the bill, while the Phalange party , Lebanese Forces and Change and Reform blocs voted against it.
In his weekly editorial in the Al-Anbaa weekly the PSP leader addressed the issue of the rights of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon:
“Is it acceptable that there be a theoretical Lebanese commitment towards the Palestinian cause while Palestinian refugees are discriminated against in Lebanon?”
He asked : “What is still preventing the Palestinians in Lebanon from receiving their minimum civil rights?” and added that the next parliamentary session should be the suitable opportunity for the political powers that speak of supporting the Palestinians to vote on suggestions to grant them their rights.
85 members of parliament participated in the meeting Tuesday which was headed by Speaker Nabih Berri .
Following the parliament session Jumblatt who was unhappy with defraying the issue of the Palestinian rights to a committee said : This means nothing will be accomplished . He attacked the Lebanese rightists for their stand during the discussion and said “the rightists are dumb and the Lebanese rightists are the dumbest “