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Essay: The Great Refugee Trap

Essay: The Great Refugee Trap Categories: NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Nitza Nachmias

The twentieth century experienced some of the worst instances of population displacement in history: the 15 million ethnic Germans forced out of their homes in Eastern Europe after World War II; the millions of Muslims and Hindus fleeing the newly established states of India and Pakistan during the

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"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind

"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last year, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN Security Council (UNSC), attempting to have "Palestine" admitted to the UN as a member state. It soon became clear, however, that the Council was not going to approve the bid, as "Palestine" does not yet meet the criteria f

Editorial: Taking Council Categories: Australasia, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The successful conclusion of Australia's long-fought efforts to gain a temporary seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) is very welcome. Congratulations are due to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr, his deputy Richard Marles, and all the professionals who crafted a winn

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UNWRA, Hamas and the plight of refugees

UNWRA, Hamas and the plight of refugees Categories: Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel came under some criticism lately when Israeli authorities were refusing to allow entry to a group of Eritrean asylum seekers stuck at the Egyptian border. The Israelis eventually relented after one week and permitted some of the asylum seekers to cross the border. One of the most prominent c

Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA

Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), formed as a temporary organisation in 1949 to take care of the immediate needs of the Arab refugees from Israel's existential War of Independence, has evolved into a sprawling, politically compromised advocat

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Did Israel's government covet the land it captured as part of the defensive war of June 1967, which ended with Israeli forces in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza? For the most part, not at all, according to 200 pages of newly declassified transcripts from cabinet an

The ABC and UNRWA

The ABC and UNRWA Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

ABC radio's "World Today" reported on the growing recognition that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) may actually be perpetuating the ongoing Palestinian refugee issue (see AIJAC's update from June 6 2012 for more on the issue). Unfortunately, a serious issue suffered from the not-

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