Saturday, September 9, 2006

Forced Migration Review 26: Palestinian displacement:

The September 2006 issue of the in-house magazine of the University of
Oxford’s _Refugee Studies Centre _ ( includes a major
feature on Palestinian displacement. Twenty-eight articles by UN, Palestinian
and international human rights organisations, Palestinian scholars in the
diaspora and Jewish and Israeli activist groups examine the root causes of the
displacement of Palestinians, the consequences of the failure to apply
international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Palestinian
entitlement to protection and compensation. Full texts of all articles are
_online_ ( . Hard copies are being printed.

The articles discuss how failure to address the Palestinian refugee crisis
represents perhaps the gravest shortcoming of the UN since its foundation.
The international community has not exerted sufficient political will to
advance durable solutions consistent with international law and Security Council
resolutions requiring Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territory it occupied
in 1967. Durable solutions for displaced Palestinians have been discussed
without reference to the legal norms applied in other refugee cases. Refugee
rights, entitlements to compensation or restitution and the rights to
protection of those Palestinians living under continued military occupation were not
central to the now-moribund Oslo peace process – nor are they part of the
subsequent US-sponsored ‘Performance-
Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State
Solution’. Creeping annexation continues unchecked. Upon completion of Israel’s
Wall, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will be restricted to a
series of non-contiguous enclaves which constitute an eighth of the area of
historic Palestine. Despite pro-democracy rhetoric, Western response to the
internationally-validated Palestinian legislative elections in January 2006 has
sparked a politically-induced crisis and crippled the Palestinian economy.
Ordinary Palestinians are suffering as donors freeze funding required to maintain
humanitarian assistance and development programmes.
This issue is being published in English, Arabic, Hebrew, French and

Lebanon: civilians pay the price
by Thomas C Archer

Who are Palestinian refugees?
by Terry M Rempel

Stateless Palestinians
by Abbas Shiblak

UNRWA: assisting Palestine refugees in a challenging environment
by Greta Gunnarsdóttir

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
by Sherif Elsayed-Ali

No freedom, no future: undocumented Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
by Cynthia Petrigh

Immobile Palestinians: ongoing plight of Gazans in Jordan
by Oroub el Abed

Is Gaza still occupied territory?
by Iain Scobbie

Can Palestinian refugees in Iraq find protection?
by Gabriela Wengert and Michelle Alfaro

Territorial fragmentation of the West Bank
by David Shearer

Identity and movement control in the OPT
by Jennifer Loewenstein

‘Quiet transfer’ in East Jerusalem nears completion
by Elodie Guego

The message of the bulldozers
by Jeff Halper

Just a wall?
by Tim Morris

Wall mitigation efforts: legal and practical tensions
by Chareen Stark

Emergency assistance for farmers affected by the Wall
by Saed Essawi and Emily Ardell

Impressions from a visit to Palestine
by Julian Gore-Booth

Democratic choice punished
by Ibrahim Hewitt

Can the IDP label be used in Israel/Palestine?
by Dina Abou Samra and Greta Zeender

The Bedouin of the Negev: a forgotten minority
by Kathrin Koeller

Breaking the cycle of violence
by Lucy Nusseibeh

Civil society responds to protection gap
by Vivienne Jackson

European aid to vulnerable Palestinians
by Daniela Cavini

Reparations for Palestinian refugees
by Lena El-Malak

The politics of Palestinian refugee participation
by Juliette Abu-Iyun and Nora Lester Murad

Negotiating checkpoints in Palestine
by Sheerin Al Araj

Policing thought on Palestine

What future for young Palestinians in Jordan?
by Jason Hart

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