This monthly memo provides news, updates, commentaries and analysis of events relating to Palestinian refugees around the world, over the past month. It covers stories from Palestine 1948, the Occupied Territories, host countries and Palestinians in diasporas. It also offers news and updates on institutions directly working with Palestinian refugees such as UNRWA.
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES MONTHLY MEMO
1 INTRODUCTION and HEADLINES Page 3
2 ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES Page 4
3 UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Page 5
4 INTERNATIONAL NEWS Page 7
6 COMMENTARY Page 9
INTRODUCTION For the past 62 years, millions of Palestinians have been living as refugees in areas of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and in surrounding host countries - mostly in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has described their plight as “by far the most protracted and largest of all refugee problems in the world today”
While there is much focus on the Israeli Palestinian conflict on a political level there is very little, if any, mention of the refugees and internally displaced Palestinians who comprise three quarters of the global Palestinian population. There is also very little attention given to the routine demolition and expulsion which continue to swell the number of refugees. The 7.1 Million Palestinian refugees face many difficult challenges which require greater attention from the international community.
This bulletin provides an update on the condition of Palestinian refugees around the world over the past month. It covers stories from the Occupied Territories, internally displaced Palestinians in Israel, UNRWA, host countries, Palestinians in the Diaspora and commentaries relating to the refugees.
• Barrier construction deprives Palestinian farmers of livelihood
• Lieberman: Israeli-Palestinian peace will not be achieved within the next decade
• Palestinian Killed By Army Fire In Central Gaza
• Palestine Memorial Week Launched in Westminster by PRC on 16 January 2012
• Palestinian Group Marks 63rd Anniversary Of UN Resolution Calling For Right Of Return Of Refugees
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