Monthly Memo on Palestinian Refugees - September 2011

Monthly Memo on Palestinian Refugees - September 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.

CONTENTS1      INTRODUCTION and HEADLINES                                  Page 32      ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES                  Page 43    UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)        Page 64    INTERNATIONAL NEWS                                                   Page 76    COMMENTARY                                                                 Page 9INTRODUCTIONFor 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.

HEADLINES•    Israel plans to forcibly remove 30,000 Bedouins•    Bedouin village Al Araqeeb, razed to the ground for the 29th time  •    UN Statehood bid raises hopes and fears amongst refugees•    EU boosts aid to UN relief agency for refugees•    Worsening Situation of Palestinian refugees in Iraq•    Palestinian refugees stuck in a US congressional debate


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