Tuesday, 17 January 2012

What About The Palestinian Refugees?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A view from inside the Palestinian Bourj Al Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo taken on: September 14th, 2010 by Perry Toone"]Palestinian Refugee Camp[/caption]




Not many peoples can boost being double crossed, lied to, mislead, denied a homeland and denied basic human rights by as many foreign powers than the Palestinians. For over sixty years now they have been hopelessly awaiting a homeland to call their own. Instead they have been forced into refugee residences in arab nations such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, all the while denied basic human rights preventing them from working and basic services such as running water.

Still Palestinians have coped with these unfavourable circumstances with a determination unsurpassed by most for over 60 years. From visiting a Palestinian Camp in 2010 and again in 2011 I came face to face with a determination and dignified generosity of spirit unmatched by any other places I have visited. A rich culture that should be celebrated not oppressed.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A common sight in dozen or so Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon"]A common sight in dozen or so Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon[/caption]

With the current situation not getting any better and hope for a permanent homeland fading, Palestinians now seek a more immediate resolution to the social problems stemming from the denial of basic human rights.In recent weeks I have seen a war of words break out between Palestinians and the aid agencies that are supposed to have a mandate to serve and protect them. This has lead me to wonder, how can Palestinians overcome a political struggle and economic oppression while banned and blocked from any sort of legitimate economic activity and government services?

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