"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."
-- Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

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  • Across Borders Project
    Birzeit University's project to put Palestinian refugee camps online. Dheisheh Camp, near Bethlehem, was the first. The Project was initiated in January 1999 by the Birzeit University Information Technology Unit and aims to bring Internet technology into Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East. It will see the creation of bilingual (English/Arabic) camp websites, including on-line news, oral history and stories from Palestinians refugees. The Across Borders Project also aims to facilitate the connection of refugees with each other. One to watch.

  • Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
    The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is a broad-based global democratic association of grassroots activists and organizational representatives. Its objective is to pressure the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations vis-a-vis Palestinian refugees based on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and through the implementation of United Nations Resolutions upholding the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to their homeland and to restitution of all their confiscated and destroyed property.

  • Alternative Information Center's Factsheet on Refugees
    Excellent for printing out as a background briefing, this AIC factsheet offers stats on worldwide refugee populations, history, quotes, relevant passages from international law, and the like. The AIC is a Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis based on the values of social justice, solidarity, and community involvement.

  • Al-Ahram's "50 Years of Arab Dispossession"
    The most respected English-language newspaper in the Arab World, Al-Ahram undertook this series of articles to commemorate 50 years since the Nakba ("Catastrophe"), the Palestinian term for the scattering of refugees in 1948.

  • Badil
    Badil is a Palestinian NGO located in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Badil aims "to provide a resource pool of alternative, critical and progressive information and analysis on the question of Palestinian refugees in order to achieve a just and lasting solution for exiled Palestinians." Badil's core projects are: Campaign for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights; Campaign for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem; Information and Media Resource Center on Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; and Legal Aid and Counseling.

  • Conference: "The Right to Return: Palestinian Refugees and Prospects for a Durable Peace"
    Sponsored by the Trans-Arab Research Institute, this conference was held on Saturday 8 April 2000 at Boston University, and included a keynote address by Professor Edward Said on "Dispossession as Distortion and Dislocation", and three panel discussions on "Critical Analyses of Israeli, American, European and PLO Positions, "Right of Return and Restitution", and "Palestinian Refugee Voices and Social Conditions".

  • Fafo Institute for Applied Social Science
    Fafo is a Norwegian institute for commissioned research with about 80 employees, whose researchers are primarily political scientists, sociologists and economists. A key part of Fafo's website is its section for the Refugee Working Group, which offers information relating to Fafo's projects for the Refugee Working Group in the Multilateral Peace Process in the Middle East.

  • Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center's Al-Nakba website
    Covering the Palestinian "Catastrophe" ("Nakba") of 1947-48, the site includes survivors' testimonies, information about destroyed villages, a chronology of the period, a photo gallery, and a bibliography.

  • Miftah's Factsheet on Refugees

  • Palestinian Refugee Research Net
    Based in Canada, the Palestinian Refugee Research Net is "a non-partisan project devoted to the dissemination of ideas and scholarly information, in an effort to foster scholarly collaboration, policy research, and innovative thinking on the Palestinian refugee issue. PRRN is maintained by the Inter-University Consortium for Arab Studies (Montreal), with the support of the Arts Computing Network, McGill University, the International Development Research Center and the Canadian International Development Agency."

  • Palestine Return Center
    The London-based Palestinian Return Center was founded "to serve as a forum of discussion and monitor issues pertaining to the Palestinian diaspora. The center carries out research, documents its findings on these issues, and conducts an on-going publicity campaign with the following aims: Promoting the right of Palestinians to return; Working to preserve the Palestinian identity and resist attempts to resettle the Palestinians of the diaspora; Widen awareness in the general public of the facts and issues concerning the plight of the Palestinian people; Introducing the general public in Europe especially Britain to the true dimensions of the Palestinian issue in general and the rights that were conceded through peace accords."

  • Save The Children's "Eye to Eye" website
    Save The Children has put together an excellent little site where Palestinian refugees around the world are sharing details of their lives in text and photostories. Very effective.

  • Shaml, The Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center
    A Palestinian NGO based in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Shaml "was established in 1994, by a group of concerned academics and human rights activists who felt the need to examine issues pertaining to Palestinian refugees in a broad perspective which takes into consideration relevant experiences in other parts of the world."

  • United Nations Reports and Resolutions on Palestine Refugees

    Following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programs for Palestine refugees. In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA's mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2002. Originally envisaged as a temporary organization, the Agency has gradually adjusted its programs to meet the changing needs of the refugees. Today, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services - education, health, relief and social services - to over 3.6 million registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East.

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