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 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.
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.
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.
While Israel has argued that it ceased occupying Gaza in 2005 when it unilaterally redeployed its troops and withdrew its settlers, Gaza continues to be occupied in accordance with international law and in the views of the international community. This paper provides information about Gaza and the impact of Israeli policies on the people living there.
Occupation Realities: The Siege on Palestinian Life
Nearly every facet of Palestinian life in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) is controlled by Israeli military policies. These policies restrict movement and isolate and harass the civilian population. This state of siege is marked by closures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, regular curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, and walls.
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