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First posted on March 28th 2007, last revised on November 3rd 2008

In 1948 a large number of Palestinians left their country, in part reacting to calls of the Grand Mufti and of Arab politicians to make way for the Arab armies, in part on Israeli acts of terror (Deir Yassin). Israel won the first Arab-Israeli War of 1948, and the refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, originally regarded to be temporary, became long-term institutions. The magnitude of the problem was such that the UN created an agency to deal with the issue - UNRWA.
In 1970 the PLO and most Palestinian refugees were ousted from Jordan. Soon the PLO became a prominent and destabilizing factor in the Lebanon, which from 1975 to 1991 descended into civil war; Israel invaded in 1982, ousting the PLO and many Palestinian refugees from Lebanon; they returned in 1985.
Negotiations between Israel and the PLO hitherto have failed to achieve a lasting peace because, a.o., the issue of the right of the refugees to return remains unresolved.
In 1950, 711,000 Palestinian refugees were registered by UNRWA; by 2002 the number had risen to over 4 million.

Students' Paper : Choi, Jungyun, The Political Structure of the Continuation of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict (2008)

Links, General from BUBL (on Palestine)
Category : West Bank, from Wikipedia
Links, on History Category : Palestinian History, from Wikipedia
Historical Maps Map Palestinian Refugee Camps, from Palestine Facts
Accounts of History Article Palestinian Refugee, from Wikipedia
Palestinian Refugee Research Net at McGill
UNRWA Website
Article UNRWA, from Wikipedia
Refugee Studies Centre : Unprotected among Brothers : Palestinians in the Arab World, 2008, from Forced Migration Online
Historiography Palestinian Perspective Tarif Khalidi, Palestinian Historiography 1900-1948, Palestine Studies
Historiography other Perspective Nadine Picaudou, Scholarly Review, Historiography of the 1948 Wars (2008), from Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence
Military Articles Sabra and Shatila Massacre, Black September in Jordan, from Wikipedia
History of Cities Article List of Palestinian Refugee Camps, from Wikipedia
Article Deir Yassin Massacre, List of Villages Depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Palestinian Exodus, Shatila Refugee Camp, from Wikipedia
Forced Migration Online Research Guides : Palestinian Refugees in Egypt, Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, Palestinian Refugees in Syria, Palestinian Refugees in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
Bibliography Journal of Palestine Studies

Documents Documents, from Palestinian Refugee Research Net at McGill

Online Libraries
General Accounts
Specific Periods Mizra Khan, The Arab Refugees : A Study in Frustration, pp.232-256, Stewart Perowne, Levant Dusk : The Refugee Situation, pp.222-232 in : Walter Z. Laqueur (ed.), The Middle East in Transition, NY : Praeger 1958 [G]
Daniel McGowan and Marc H. Ellis, Remembering Deir Yassin. The Future of Israel and Palestine, NY : Interlink 1998, KMLA Lib. Call Sign 956.94 M478r
Historical Dictionary Philip Mattar, Encyclopedia of the Palestinians, NY : Facts on File 2000 [G]

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