Jordan borders Palestine and Israel to the West. Though I don’t live in these countries, their politics are impossible to ignore. I’ve read statistics stating that Jordan is comprised of anywhere from 60-75% of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. In a sense, Jordan is a Palestinian state. Queen Rania is Palestinian. Jordan has interesting identity issues — the original inhabitants of Jordan, previously nomadic desert-dwelling Bedouin people, comprise a minority, while their Palestinian neighbors from the west make up a majority of the population and lead the economics of the country. Amman, the capital, has mostly sprung up as a result of the influx of refugees from the foundation of Israel and the following wars.
With this in mind, I thought I’d share with the ten or so readers of this blog a great introduction to the issue I found on the web here. I have copied the text below. Read, learn, enjoy!