Internally Displaced Palestinians.. ‘‘The Present Absentees’’

Internally Displaced Palestinians.. ‘‘The Present Absentees’’

This book aims to provide answers to questions about the absence of the IDP issue (Internally Displaced Persons) in Israel and the reasons for ignoring this issue within Israel and  internationally.

To research why the Israeli State does not recognize IDPs as displaced persons, we should consider the Israeli policy towards them since Al-Nakba. The book looks at Israeli policy if remained the same or changed over time?  Book Writer, Arafet Boujemaa, states in his book that, “We should also discuss why the international community has not taken on the case of the IDP’s and provided them with international assistance and protection, as is afforded to other internally displaced persons worldwide. In addition, the study considers durable solutions to the problem of IDPs.”

Internally displaced Palestinians are the most striking example of the failing of national authorities to honor their obligation, under international law, to assist IDPs, and the failure of international actors to protect them. Whilst the international community celebrated the publication of the most important international document in the modern era on human rights, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, the world has witnessed the plight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were displaced from their homes and villages and have become either refugees within their own country or refugees within host countries.


Author: Arafet Boujemaa


  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: The Palestinian Return Centre & The Academy of Refugees Studies (2014)
  • Language:  English
  • ISBN: 978 1 901924 75 6
  • Price: £ 10.00 (+p&p outside UK)
  • Dimensions:15 x 21 cm
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