By Eyal Benvenisti, Chaim Gans, Sari Hanafi
This ebook bargains assorted views at the Palestinian refugee challenge and the potential how one can facilitate its solution. It includes contributions of Israeli, Palestinian and different students, and its major aim is to start up an educated discussion that would bridge the "knowledge hole" among different camps. The e-book is the end result of a joint attempt to help humans to gain how these at the different facet envision the matter and the potential how one can unravel it in addition to achieve a comparative viewpoint on refugee difficulties and their answer efforts in different components of the realm. The individuals come from varied disciplines and backgrounds and their a number of contributions offer a entire photo of a number of the features of the matter and of the potential technique of its solution.
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Extra resources for Israel and the Palestinian Refugees
The vast majority of the Arab Palestinian population that had lived in the territory now included within the borders of Israel, became refugees. Most of these 700,000 uprooted Palestinians found refuge either in the West Bank (about 38 per cent), becoming Jordanian citizens, or in the Egyptian-controlled Gaza Strip (about 26 per cent). Others were scattered among neighbouring Arab countries: Lebanon (14 per cent), Syria (10 per cent), and Jordan (10 per cent), while smaller numbers of Palestinian Arabs found refuge in Egypt and Iraq.
16 Morris, see note 11, 155-169; Golan, see note 3, 243-254; A. , in Hebrew. 17 18 For a detailed account of wartime demolition of villages: Morris, idem. Explicitly by Khalidi, see note 10. 19 It was the demand presented to Israel by the UN Palestine Conciliation Committee (UNPCC), in the spring of 1949, following the termination of fighting, to allow the return of refugees that encouraged the Israeli government to decide on the systematic demolition of tens of abandoned Arab villages. Most of these were located in the strategic areas of the southern coastal plain and the Jerusalem corridor.
In 1949, Israel78 divided Barta’a into two sections separated by an armistice line. Although Barta’a has a tribal structure composed mainly of one family (the Kabha family), its family ties were torn apart. 79 Villagers would hold funerals and weddings close to the border to allow the other side to participate (the same thing applies to ties between Palestinian Rafah and Egyptian Rafah, even if the separation date there was only 1983). In 1967, the village was informally reunited when Israel occupied the West Bank; although, initially warm meetings quickly faded as cultural, economic, and political differences between the divided families became apparent.