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In an interview with OTV on Saturday MP Nematallah Abi Nasr , a member of the Free patriotic Movement said that he is concerned that the extended presence of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon would lead to their naturalization.

“Keeping the Palestinians in Lebanon kills the country and grants Israel a favor,” Abi Nasr said.

He said that the issue of granting foreigners property rights in Lebanon should be well-studied.

“It is not acceptable to grant the Palestinians civil rights while there are still armed Palestinian factions in the country ,” the MP added.

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt proposed bill in the parliament last week that will grant Palestinians civil rights and to allow them to own property in Lebanon , a move that stirred controversy in the parliament.

Hezbollah and Amal MPs voted for the bill but the Christian MPs including the Phalange, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement voted against.

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