Rights, Property of Palestinian Refugees Protected in Jordan, Says Govt Official

Rights, Property of Palestinian Refugees Protected in Jordan, Says Govt Official

Elderly Palestinian women in Jordan’s AlAkaba refugee camp, near Amman. Photo credit: Reuters

The rights and property of Palestinian refugees in Jordan are protected in accordance with international laws relevant to occupied peoples, an official Jordanian source said.

In statements quoted by Jordan 24 news site, the government source said that the UN resolutions are considered the main reference for refugee rights, which no occupation force shall negate or manipulate.

The official pointed out that Jordan handles the issue in accordance with international resolutions that prevent the occupation forces from grabbing or controlling citizens ’property.

In 1950, Israel passed the Absentee Property Law, the implementation of which has resulted in thousands of properties being defined as “absentee” and consequently taken by the Israeli Custodian of Absentee Property. It is the main law in a series of laws that regulate the treatment of property belonging to Palestinians who left, were forced to flee, or were deported during the 1948 War.

Palestinian refugees left behind a great deal of property and the Absentee Property Law has served as the legal basis for transferring such property into the possession of the State of Israel. In recent years, the Absentee Property Law has become a significant obstacle, hindering Palestinians from successfully establishing rights to property or land, particularly in East Jerusalem. This has had serious effects on, amongst other things, obtaining Israeli-issued licenses to build, completing property transactions and planning procedures.

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