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Background papers and factsheets about occupation

AFSC Supports Palestinian Refugees' Right of Return
Palestinian refugees and the right of return

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.    

Forced displacement in Palestine and Israel

Palestinians in Fasayil, Jerusalem, Al-Aqaba, Beit Lahiya, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Araqib, and more than 100 other communities live under the constant threat of being forcibly displaced by the Israeli military, civil administration, or police. This paper provides background information on how and why Palestinians are forcibly displaced. 

Palestinians march on International Women's Day
Popular resistance in Palestine

Palestinian resistance to occupation and injustice is overwhelmingly nonviolent. This nonviolent popular resistance is pushing for a new reality in which the occupation is ended, refugees’ rights are realized, and all people are treated with equality and justice. 

View over an Israeli settlement in the West Bank
Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory

Israel’s policy of building settlements in occupied territory is one of the core issues of the conflict. This paper provides background on Israel's settlement policy and information about the work being done towards a just peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Gaza Buffer
Gaza under siege

While Israel has argued that it ceased occupying Gaza in 2005, Gaza continues to be occupied in accordance with international law and in the views of the international community. Learn more about Gaza and the impact of Israeli policies on the people living there.

Goats in Palestine
Faces of Hope: Learn About the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Occupation Realities: The Siege on Palestinian Life Nearly every facet of Palestinian life in the...