Some 450,000 refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon, with many living in the country’s 12 refugee camps.
Palestine refugees represent an estimated ten per cent of the population of Lebanon. They do not enjoy several important rights; for example, they cannot work in as many as 20 professions. Because they are not formally citizens of another state, Palestine refugees are unable to claim the same rights as other foreigners living and working in Lebanon. Among the five UNRWA fields, Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees living in abject poverty.
Peace is still in the interests of both peoples, still supported by both peoples, still wished for by both peoples. But a new approach is required.
Tony Blair Nov 12, 2015 5:44 PM
My visit to Israel for the Haaretz conference will be my 147th since leaving office. The first eight years were spent working as an ex officio envoy for the Quartet – the international management group comprising the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union. This part-time, unpaid role focused in terms of its mandate on the Palestinian economy, and excluded the political process. Continue reading After all this time working toward peace, I’m still an optimist→
Officials from a number of United Nations agencies have stressed the need to ensure respect for health premises as well as the right to health, following recent actions by the Israeli security forces at a hospital in East Jerusalem.
“Actions that undermine the ability of health workers to provide care to those in need are violations of international law. The conduct by the Israeli security forces during several entries into Makassed hospital this past week is unacceptable and must not be repeated,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, on Thursday said it was the “grave duty” of the Vatican to remind the international community that “extremists are seeking to eradicate religions, ethnic groups and cultures” that have been in the Middle East “for millennia.” Continue reading Holy See: Extremists seek to eradicate religions and cultures→