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.
• Israel: rabbis' ban on housing for non-Jews condemned• Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents. Human Rights Watch Reports• Four Palestinians killed in Gaza and 47 others injured throughout the oPt• Stormy weather adds to plight of Gaza's refugees• Despite Easing of Gaza Blockade, Situation Still Desperate UN Official Warns• NGOs vow to fight for Palestinian right of return