Category Occupied Palestinian Territories

Foul play: Will Israel be given the red card?

In the words of Sepp Blatter, the fallen former FIFA chief, it was “in great generosity” that Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, withdrew a proposal to ban the Israel Football Association from the FIFA family for violating its statutes. A long list of complaints has hindered the ability of Palestinians to meaningfully participate […]

Forgotten and without a future: Syria’s Palestinian refugees

A small group of Palestinians from war-torn Syria have found themselves among the rising migration flows from conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East and other regions. The presence of the Palestinians is one of many hidden migration trends occurring between Syria and Europe – hidden truths that are leading to migration officials asking the wrong […]

The Palestinian Return Centre’s soft war with Israeli lobby

Last month, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Committee of the United Nations voted in favour of recognising the London-based Palestinian Return Centre, at a count of 12 votes for and three votes against, with three abstentions. The organisation is now accredited with UN consultative status. Concerns were raised by those voting against that the organisation was aligned […]

What happens when UNRWA runs out of money?

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near and Middle East, is by all intents and purposes broke. Historically underfunded and catching up with its own shadow, it is now in an unprecedented position, carrying a US$101 million shortfall that has compelled UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, to put […]

Football Under Occupation

It was widely reported at the end of March that the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) would ask the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) to suspend Israel from its membership, on the grounds that Israel had violated a number of FIFA statutes and was actively curbing Palestinian soccer activities. Despite attempts by a task force […]

Voyeuring occupation

On Sunday 26 April, around 30,000 runners took to the streets of London to run what its co-founder once called, ‘the world’s most human race’. In 1980, one year prior to its birth, six aims were outlined for the London Marathon. These included showing mankind that, on occasions, they can be united; to raise money for […]

Journal for Palestinian Refugee Studies – V4/5 Issues 2/1 Autumn/Spring 2014/15

Recently, on 27 April 2015, a letter to the United Nations (UN) Security Council delivered the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon expressed his “profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel. The report investigated […]