Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. This paper provides background information on the history of the Palestinian refugee issue and the politics of the right of return.
Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.
Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967. However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive. The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoin
The displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their land and homes is at the core of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
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