Monthly Memo on Palestinian Refugees - August 2011

Monthly Memo on Palestinian Refugees - August 2011

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.



1 INTRODUCTION and HEADLINES                   Page 32 ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES   Page 43 UNRWA                                                           Page 64 INTERNATIONAL NEWS                                  Page 76 COMMENTARY                                                Page 8


For the past 62 years, millions of Palestinians have been living as refugees in areas of theoccupied 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 themost 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 verylittle, if any, mention of the refugees and internally displaced Palestinians who comprise threequarters of the global Palestinian population. There is also very little attention given to theroutine demolition and expulsion which continue to swell the number of refugees. The 7.1Million Palestinian refugees face many difficult challenges which require greater attention fromthe international community.

This bulletin provides an update on the condition of Palestinian refugees around the world overthe past month. It covers stories from the Occupied Territories, internally displaced Palestiniansin Israel, UNRWA, host countries, Palestinians in the Diaspora and commentaries relating tothe refugees.


• Increased Palestinian Displacement as Israeli Settler Violence Intensifies• Sharp Increase in Demolitions Threatens to Destroy West BankCommunities, UNRWA Calls for Accountability and to End Discrimination• UNRWA Forced to Suspend Operations in Jenin• Syrian Unrest: Palestinian Refugees Flee Camp• Palestinian State Could Leave Millions of Refugees With no Voice at the UN


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