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Christian opposition leader MP Michel Aoun was accused on Monday by columnist Hussam Itani of the pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT of using the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon as an excuse for embarrassing the government and preventing the formation of a new cabinet to take over from the outgoing one. Aoun is in favor of leaving the Palestinian refugees "without basic civilian rights" to make sure they will leave Lebanon and not decide to settle here, Itani said. He recalled that Palestinians are "barred" from taking any professional occupation in Lebanon, unlike in other Arab states and are barred from owning real estate or making improvements to any existing properties for fear of encouraging them to stay in Lebanon. But, in doing so, Aoun is overlooking the fact that by keeping the pressure on them, the Palestinians living under harsh conditions would tend to listen to extremist voices and turn to violence and hard-line groups for support. Itani urged Aoun to "come to his senses" and realize that the Palestinians living the backward way they are at present constitute a time bomb and that their living conditions should be improved in order to prevent them from becoming a threat to Lebanon by adopting religious extremist ways.
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Title Annotation:Today's News Highlights
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Oct 5, 2009
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