The Mobilizing Power of Palestinians in Lebanon

المقال - القوة الحشدية للفلسطينيين في لبنان

For decades, Lebanese and Palestinian leadership, as well as the international aid community, have been complicit in Palestinian refugees’ destitution in Lebanon’s camps. However, the tide is shifting. Al-Shabaka’s policy analyst, Mai Abu Moghli, examines how Palestinians in Lebanon have been increasingly staking claims to their rights through collective mobilization, charting a new and revolutionary path for themselves in the country.

Palestinian Refugees and Lebanon’s Multilayered Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the August 4 explosion at Beirut’s port exacerbated an already multilayered crisis in Lebanon which crippled its economy and led to massive popular protests. How has this situation affected marginalized communities? Al-Shabaka policy analyst Jaber Suleiman describes the scope of the crisis and its impact on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, explaining what more needs to be done to support them. 

It’s Time to Reclaim UNRWA

With COVID-19 spreading in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and neighboring refugee camps, the consequences of the US’s defunding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees are even more dire. Al-Shabaka’s Randa Farah examines these challenges and outlines ways Palestinians can reclaim UNRWA and ultimately use it as a vehicle of empowerment and self-determination.

Abbas’s Craven Response to the US UNRWA Cuts

The US administration’s $65 million cut to UNRWA has placed the agency in jeopardy, prompting an international conference in Rome this week to help it meet its financial needs. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Randa Farah analyzes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s response to the US move, and calls for Palestinian grassroots action in the face of the crisis.

Focus On: Palestinian Refugees

مقال - التركيز على: اللاجئون الفلسطينيون

This collection of some of the most compelling pieces Al-Shabaka has published contextualizes and discusses the unique difficulties of Palestinian refugees displaced across the Middle East – from becoming refugees a second or third time due to the ongoing Syrian civil war to over-researching camps “famous” for tragedy while under-researching other refugee situations and exile communities.

Researching Palestinian Refugees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Article - Researching Palestinian Refugees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Research on Palestinian refugees overwhelmingly takes place in camps. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst 24370 critiques this trend, tracing the ways in which such research is based on unequal power relations, a hegemony of European knowledge, and “Westernized” universities that ensure its production. She concludes with recommendations for how researchers can begin to address this intellectual pitfall.

Palestinians and the Syrian War: Between Neutrality and Dissent

مقال - الفلسطينيون والحرب السورية: بين الحياد والانشقاق

The Palestinians of Syria are forced to maintain political neutrality or support the regime, given their vulnerable position. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst 24556 unpacks the roots of this predicament, identifies avenues that suggest how to move beyond it, and recommends tactics for Palestinians in Syria and elsewhere to better advocate for human rights and self-determination.

Israel’s Dangerous New Transfer Tactic in Jerusalem

مقال - تكتيك الترانسفير الجديد الخطير الذي تتبعه إسرائيل في القدس

Israel exploits temporary crises to promote permanent measures that it uses to create new refugees and internally displaced Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Munir Nuseibah discusses the cases and events used as precedents since the 1990s, and zeroes in on the latest effort to dispossess Palestinians accused of a breach of allegiance to Israel.

Palestinian Refugees From Syria: Stranded on the Margins of Law

Article - Palestinian Refugees From Syria: Stranded on the Margins of Law

Al-Shabaka policy analysts Mai Abu Moghli, 24508, and Nell Gabiam analyze the effects of the war in Syria on Palestinian refugees through a succinct, country-by-country analysis of the legal and social obstacles they face. They examine the discriminatory legal framework that is being applied to the Palestinian refugees from Syria by Arab countries as well as by the international community, and underscore that the Israeli government’s denial of the right of return of Palestinian refugees – in violation of international law – is a major factor in the current vulnerability of the Palestinians of Syria.