Is Lebanon at Risk in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

May 25, 2021

Media attention has focused on the loss of life and property in the bombardment of Gaza, the domestic skirmishes between Jewish and Arab Israelis, and Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel. Yet there are unique implications for Palestinian communities in Lebanon, too. In Lebanon, more than 470,000...

World Refugee Day Challenges Our Humanitarian Sensibilities

June 20, 2018

World Refugee Day should be an observance of communities that have opened their hearts and cities to those in need. While I have often expressed my thoughts about the Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, even including the burdens carried by Jordan and Palestine, it is only a...

5 Lessons I Learned in Palestinian Refugee Camps

January 15, 2016

In a game of control and oppression, Israeli authorities use water to exert their control over Palestinians. In 2015, I spent a few months living in Palestinian refugee camps. Before my camp life, I thought I was quite informed about some things but less so about many others. Here are five...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 2/2)

March 19, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan.  Living conditions at the Gaza camp in Jerash are poor and employment opportunities are restricted mainly to private and informal sectors. According to a public sector official in the Gaza camp:...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 1/2)

March 16, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan. Jordan hosts the largest Palestinian refugee population in the world. It has also been a popular choice of destination for Iraqi refugees. The most recent influx are Syrians due to the civil war that started in...

(Dis)integration: Palestinian Refugees in the Syrian Civil War (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

Social and economic gains of Palestinian refugees have changed due to the Syrian conflict.This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Such was the status of Palestinian refugees in Syria at the advent of the popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in early 2011. From...

(Dis)integration: Palestinian Refugees in the Syrian Civil War (Part 1/2)

September 10, 2013

Social and economic gains of Palestinian refugees have changed due to the Syrian conflict. This is the first of a two part series. One of the most potent discourses used to describe events in Syria has been that of social disintegration or fragmentation. The diverse tapestry of ethnic,...