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June 18, 2010

Lebanon Debates Palestinian Refugee Rights

Filed under: Arab attitudes,Human rights,Lebanon,Palestinian refugees — quinnconnors @ 1:39 pm

In recent weeks, the media has focused on the plight of blockaded Gazans. Amidst the international outcry resulting from the Gaza flotilla raid, a potential change in the fate of another group of Palestinians has gone largely unnoticed. Tuesday, after 62 years of waiting, legislation proposing basic rights for the 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon made the committee stage in Parliament.

The proposed legislation, which was passed onto the Administration and Justice parliamentary committee, would grant Palestinian refugees the right to work and to own property in Lebanon. Currently, Palestinian refugees are barred from more than 50 professions, including medicine, law and teaching, and are prohibited from property ownership due to a law limiting land possession to “people with identification documents issued by a recognized country”. Such labor and property laws severely limit the economic and social opportunities of the Palestinian refugees who, for the majority, still reside in UNRWA camps after fleeing their homes in the 1948 and subsequent conflicts. (more…)


November 27, 2009

Khalidi and Gunness on CNI radio, Dec. 3rd

Filed under: Events and appearances,Gaza,Palestinian refugees — Helena Cobban @ 7:17 pm

Nov. 27, 2009

Our “CNI: Jerusalem Calling” radio show is gaining momentum and audience. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi and Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN relief agency UNRWA, will be joining me to discuss the situation of the world’s five-to-six million Palestinian refugees.

The show will be aired live online, from Noon to 1 pm EST (5 pm to 6pm GMT). To listen (and join in) go to the WS Radio website and click on the “Listen Live” button for Studio A, top left. To call in from within the US, call toll-free: 877-474-3302.

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