Refugee Issues

Commentary Refugee Issues

Researching Palestinian Refugees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Research on Palestinian refugees overwhelmingly takes place in camps. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Anaheed Al-Hardan 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.

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Policy Brief Refugee Issues

Palestinians and the Syrian War: Between Neutrality and Dissent

The Palestinians of Syria are forced to maintain political neutrality or support the regime, given their vulnerable position. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Samar Batrawi 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.

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Commentary Refugee Issues

Israel’s Dangerous New Transfer Tactic in Jerusalem

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.

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Policy Brief Refugee Issues

Palestinian Refugees From Syria: Stranded on the Margins of Law

Al-Shabaka policy analysts Mai Abu Moghli, Nael Bitarie, 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.

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Roundtable Refugee Issues

The Arguments Against Palestine Giving Its Refugees Citizenship

Overview The rights of Palestinian refugees have been long neglected and their suffering has been carried from generation to generation for 67 years. In his recent piece A Bold Proposal: Palestine Should Give Its Refugees Citizenship, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Fateh Azzam argued that the State of Palestine should confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and…

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Policy Brief Refugee Issues

A Bold Proposal: Palestine Should Give Its Refugees Citizenship

Children infront of their home in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon

Palestine should confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and enter into bilateral agreements with other states to improve their situation – as citizens - wherever they reside. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Fateh Azzam knows this proposal has pitfalls but argues it is a powerful way to create facts on the road to freedom and rights. Read the policy brief or the executive summary.

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Commentary Refugee Issues

Bartering Palestine for Research

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All eyes are focused on the bloodshed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, but the civil war in Syria continues to rage, making Shatila Refugee Camp in Lebanon – yet again – a destination for Palestinians and others fleeing conflict. Such collective tragedies have made Shatila one of the most heavily researched communities in the world. Policy Member Mayssun Succarie examines the negative impact that over-research has had and concludes that sometimes conducting no new research is the most appropriate response.

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Commentary Refugee Issues

From Our Facebook Balconies, the Dark Heart of Al-Yarmuk

Photo of Yarmouk Camp

The Syrian civil war has seen some 270,000 Palestinians flee their homes, many for multiple times. The discrimination they face as they seek refuge has had little attention. From a Syrian-Palestinian perspective, Al-Shabaka Policy Member Ahmad Diab draws on the siege of Al-Yarmuk as a new symbol of Palestinian suffering and maps the profound effects this conflict has had on the entire Syrian Palestinian community.

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Roundtable Refugee Issues

Political Agency for Palestinian Return

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Palestinians must themselves be the agents of their return. Some civil society campaigns are contributing to achieving return, such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and legal actions. But for real progress the internal obstacles to return must be addressed, including the lack of a consensus on how to achieve Palestinian self-determination. These are among the key points raised in this roundtable organized by Al-Shabaka’s Policy Circle on Return.

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Policy Brief Refugee Issues

Decades of Displacing Palestinians: How Israel Does It

Photo of Palestinian woman showing ID. Photo by European Commission DG ECHO.

Israel is estimated to have forcibly displaced some 66% of the whole Palestinian population by 2011. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Munir Nuseibah identifies six different methods Israel uses on both sides of the Green Line and elaborates two: Personal status engineering and urban planning. He argues for a holistic approach to address the systematic nature of forced displacement, which is grounded in the very ethos of a state established to create and maintain a Jewish majority in all of historic Palestine.

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