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Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the estimated 6 million displaced by conflict has gained only sporadic reportage. Meanwhile, the second large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned.

By September 2013, close to 60% of this 500,000 strong community had been displaced. It is increasingly difficult for them to leave Syria, but of the bordering countries – including Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq – these refugees have been completely barred from taking refuge in only one, Israel, built on the same regions of historic Palestine from which they and their families were expelled in 1948.

As millions of children around the world return to school for a new year, the infographic “Back to School” – produced by VP in partnership with UNRWA and the EU – highlights the challenges faced by Palestinian refugee children from Syria, from displacement to school closures, emergency education provision and the simple uncertainty over whether they will have access to education.

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  1. OlegR
    OlegR
    November 5, 2013, 10:40 am

    Is there some special difference between current Syrian refugees
    and the descendants Palestinian refugees living in Syria that they get this special treatment.
    Shouldn’t the UN repurpose UNRWA to deal with the current much larger scale humanitarian cryris in Syria ?

    • Inanna
      Inanna
      November 6, 2013, 12:40 am

      If the Jews who stole the land, homes, property, bank accounts etc of those Palestinian refugees returned them, then there would be no need for other countries and the UN to give money to Palestinians and there would be more money available to deal with these newer refugees. There’s a huge bill coming to zionism and every day, zionists just make it bigger.

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 6, 2013, 3:30 am

        “There’s a huge bill coming to zionism and every day, zionists just make it bigger.”

        You’re right, Inanna, their time will come. Meanwhile the bulk of UNRWA budget is coming from the US that covers about half of it. Notwithstanding shortfalls in UNRWA’s budget that many contribute into, among smallest contributors to the general budget are the Arab states, poor and rich alike.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 6, 2013, 9:27 am

        /You’re right, Inanna, their time will come/
        Pray tell what does that mean ?

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2013, 1:23 am

      @ OlegR “Is there some special difference between current Syrian refugees
      and the descendants Palestinian refugees living in Syria”

      Obviously, to anyone who cares to give it a little thought, which you obviously haven’t.

      Syrian refugees are citizens of Syria (who actually have a legal right to live in the Golan which is Sovereign Syrian territory). They’d have RoR to Syria.

      Palestine refugees and their descendants are not Syrian citizens, they have RoR to what remained of Palestine after Israel was declared and in some cases to territory that became Israel in 1948

      “that they get this special treatment”

      Nothing special about their treatment, being a refugee even with aid and assistance isn’t special, it’s often less than basic needs.

      “Shouldn’t the UN repurpose UNRWA to deal with the current much larger scale humanitarian cryris in Syria ?”

      Why? UNRWA was created specifically to care for Jewish and non-Jewish refugees from 1948. Unfortunately it has had its mandate extended every year Israel continues to dispossess non-Jews by refusing their legally justifiable RoR

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 6, 2013, 3:43 am

        “Syrian refugees are citizens of Syria (who actually have a legal right to live in the Golan ”

        In case anyone is curious about numbers involving the Golan, 130,000 were chased out of the Golan by the Israelis. This number includes some Palestinians that were already refugees having fled Palestine.Today, these number close to 500,000 that are in most part living in Syria.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2013, 1:31 am

      @ OlegR “Shouldn’t the UN repurpose UNRWA to deal with the current much larger scale humanitarian cryris in Syria ?”

      WOW Your care for Syrians is touching…..

      Say ….. why aren’t you starting a petition for Israel to accept them?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 6, 2013, 9:28 am

        I am not suicidal.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 5, 2013, 11:32 am

    Meanwhile Israeli Jews remain the ultimate victims despite having OECD level income per head. What a joke.

  3. mondonut
    mondonut
    November 5, 2013, 1:18 pm

    Yes they are barred from refuge in the West Bank, but by the Palestinians not Israel.

    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/01/10/259678.html

    Last month, Abbas asked the U.N. to seek Israeli permission to bring Palestinians caught in Syria’s civil war to the Palestinian territories.

    Abbas said in comments published Thursday that Israel linked its acceptance to refugees relinquishing claims to returning to what is now Israel.

    Abbas says “we rejected that.”

    Israeli officials declined comment.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2013, 4:29 am

      mondonut “Yes they are barred from refuge in the West Bank, but by the Palestinians not Israel”

      The twisted logic of an Israeli denialist is amazing to behold.

      Abbas rejected a “conditional Israeli offer” that had no legal basis.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 6, 2013, 9:17 am

        talknic says: Abbas rejected a “conditional Israeli offer” that had no legal basis.
        ==========================================
        It is was a legitimate offer, as the RoR crowd likes to point out (when it suits their purposes) , the RoR is an individual right. Those individuals should have the opportunity to make their own decision. That was denied to them by Abbas/

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 7, 2013, 5:40 am

        mondonut “It is was a legitimate offer…”

        An offer defying the law is not a legitimate offer.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 7, 2013, 10:30 am

        talknic says: An offer defying the law is not a legitimate offer.
        ===========================================
        True. However there was nothing “law defying” about the offer. They were free to accept the deal or not. At least they should have been, the Palestinian leadership denied them that opportunity.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 10, 2013, 3:11 am

        mondonut “However there was nothing “law defying” about the offer”

        It denied them their LEGAL rights.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 6, 2013, 5:06 am

      Why won’t Israel let the Palestinians home, mondonut?
      Is it because they are not special?

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 6, 2013, 9:19 am

        seafoid says: Why won’t Israel let the Palestinians home, mondonut?
        =====================================
        For most of them, it is not their home, they have never been there. They have no desire to become Israeli citizens, there are too many enemies of the state, and they have no legal right to do so.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 7, 2013, 5:43 am

        mondonut “They have no desire to become Israeli citizens”

        Abbas was not asking for permission to offer them refuge in Israel.

        The more you try the more you fail

  4. yrn
    yrn
    November 5, 2013, 1:21 pm

    “Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria,”
    Especially here on Mondowiess for the last couple of month.
    Nothing, Zero, no Israel to blame.
    No news about Syria.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2013, 4:36 am

      @ yrn Fails spectacularly

      // “Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria,” //

      “Especially here on Mondowiess for the last couple of month.
      Nothing, Zero …
      No news about Syria”

      YOU’RE COMMENTING ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT …. Syria

      Furthermore http://mondoweiss.net/?s=Syrian

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 6, 2013, 7:10 pm

        Talknic

        Thanks for the help.
        According to your link
        the last article published in Mondowiess about Syria was on Sep 16, 2013

        Nothing happened since then in Syria…… No Israel to blame.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 7, 2013, 5:51 am

        @ yrn “Thanks for the help”

        No problem, now for some logic

        YOU’RE COMMENTING ON AN ARTICLE ABOUT …. Syria and;

        Although he did point out the fact that Israel has not seen fit to offer refuge to Palestinian refugees from the crisis, he is not blaming Israel for the crisis

  5. Walid
    Walid
    November 5, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Not to belittle in any way the plight of the Palestinian children that fled Syria as they were already refugees with some of their parents having become refugees 3 and 4 times in their lifetime as they keep getting kicked around, but it should be noted that there are now over a million refugees from Syria in Lebanon, a quarter of Lebanon’s total population, of which there are 400,000 children of school age with not enough schools to take them in. Part of those 400,000 are the Palestinian children being discussed here. There aren’t enough schools to take them in because of Lebanon’s odd school system that’s about 75% private and 25% public and unable to absorb the national demand for enrolment caused by the rising costs in the private system. Most public schools are now working on 2 shifts to accomodate a small fraction of the 400,000 additional kids, and the small number of those Syrian and Palestinian kids lucky enough to get enrolled are going to school from 3 or 4 pm.

    Arab countries that have been bankrolling the arms for the rebellion in Syria (reportedly about 5 or 6 billions) are not moving to help cover the cost of these Syrian refugees.

    • Bandolero
      Bandolero
      November 5, 2013, 5:43 pm

      Walid

      Arab countries that have been bankrolling the arms for the rebellion in Syria (reportedly about 5 or 6 billions) are not moving to help cover the cost of these Syrian refugees.

      I don’t understand how you could imagine they would do so.

      Why should they, those people, you call the arab countries, but who are really only some ridiculous lackeys ruling over arab lands in the service of Israel, do that? Israel ordered her lackeys to run a proxy war on Syria disguised as a “revolution”, so Israel can continue ethnic cleansing of Palestine largely undisturbed by world public opinion, but of course Israel didn’t order them to help in any way fellow arabs and muslims, so they don’t do it.

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 6, 2013, 7:01 am

        Bandolero, simple; these rulers actually “own” these countries in question. I know it’s probably hard to conceive how could one person or one familly actually own a country, but it does happen. The people you see running around in them are really all from central casting. How was it in Egypt where military dynasties lasted for 50 years, only to be replaced for a mere 1 year before the military were back on top and what is so different in other countries? The Assad dynasty has been ruling Syria for over 34 years.; Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years; Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali rule Tunisia for 22 years; Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years. Rulers are there because the people are letting them, or because the rulers are getting extraordinary help from outsiders.

      • Bandolero
        Bandolero
        November 6, 2013, 8:56 am

        Walid

        There is a fundamental difference between Assad, Gaddafi, and the rest of the pack, especially the GCC dictators. The GCC dictators own nothing, they are litarally lackeys of the US/British empire and have never been anything else. These puppets just sit there to take orders from Washington, follow them and give an “arab” face for covering up the blatant colonisalism. And of course, we all know who it is who in the US makes the policies for the region: Israel and it’s lobby. So, in the end, the pack of US puppet dictators in the region are just lackeys of “Israel.”

        That’s the difference between these puppets and Gaddafi and Assad: they were not and are not puppets of Israel and it’s lobby. And that’s the exact reason why the US directed by the Israel lobby spent decades trying to overturn the political systems in Libya and Syria (and in Iran). The personified dictatorship in Syria and Libya is/was last not least a countermeasure to prevent an overthrow by the US acting of behalf of Israel. Democracy brings risks of becoming a puppet state by the means of foreign money. Syria has got it fair share of US sponsored coup attempts against democracy already since the founding of the modern Syrian republic. To overthrow a military dictatorship is much harder than a democracy, Syria and Libya were even resilient after the collapse of their main Soviet protector 1990.

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