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  • 12:30 - 2 July 2017

Don't forget the Palestinian refugee crisis

 Gaza,(DRAH.ps)-- With Refugee Week just passing, now is a fitting time to dissect the dimensions of the Palestinian refugee crisis, which is now the longest of all time.

Approximately one in three refugees in the world are Palestinian. A third of those Palestinian refugees have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, or in refugee camps in parts of Palestine such as the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The crisis has not been helped by the unrest in countries like Lebanon, but especially the implosion of Syria as a result of the ongoing civil war, which is rising in magnitude, hasn't helped. Many Palestinians are finding themselves in strenuous positions and, just like with the general refugee crisis, there is a great deal of negligence occurring.

The Palestinian refugee crises emerged following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War that transpired following the Balfour Declaration, which favoured the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. This coupled with the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which designated 45% of the land to the Palestinians and 55% to Israel and labelled Jerusalem, a city sacred to both groups, an international city.

This set the ball rolling for a period of skirmishes amongst Palestinians and Israelis. Accordingly, this was exacerbated once Israel declared their independence on the 15th of May 1948, which kickstarted the Arab-Israeli War.

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