By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas finished a 3 day trip to Lebanon.
As he left Ein el Hilwa, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, which is located near the Southern city of Sidon, erupted in violent fights. Internal clashes between supporters of Abbas and some of the extremist groups in the camp, including al Qaeda, went after each other.
There were numerous injuries. Ein el Hiwa is a lawless center and a hotbed of extremism.
These conflicts are typical in the region. People in the Middle East are tied to clan and area affiliations. They are fiercely loyal to their families. When the family leader establishes an affiliation with a cause - political or otherwise, the entire clan falls into line. That includes defending and fighting for their cause.
We see this happen in camps, in towns and in villages throughout the region. There is far more loyalty to clan than to a national leader.
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