(GATESTONE INSTITUTE) From time to time, Lebanese officials and politicians like to take a shot at the Palestinians by reminding them that they are unwelcome in Lebanon, an Arab country that has long been subjecting them to apartheid and discriminatory laws, policies and measures.
The latest Lebanese official to spew "racist" remarks against the 475,075 Palestinians living in 12 refugee camps in Lebanon is Gebran Bassil, leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, a political party whose support base is overwhelmingly from Lebanon's Christian community.
Bassil, a former minister of foreign affairs and emigrants, is married to Chantel Aoun, the daughter of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
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Palestinians are now accusing Bassil of waging a "racist and malicious campaign of incitement" against them after he was recently quoted as saying that the presence of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon threatens its security and stability.