Palestinians have been increasingly unwelcomed guests in
Lebanon for 65 years, ever since the 1948 Nakba. Today they live
sardine-canned in 12 camps and as many ‘gatherings’, often in
conflict-ridden environments, and on the margins of society.
They are barred from even the elementary civil right to work or
to own a home and face state sponsored discrimination when they
apply for admittance to public institutions of higher learning.
Palestinian youngsters are facing a bleak future, even as they persevere
with their determined push to attain knowledge and marketable
skills so that their own adulthood and their lives, mainly ahead
of them, are not plagued by Kafkaesque impediments that have
targeted their parents’ generation.
The Number of Palestinian Refugees
registered by UNRWA
|Jisr Al Basha
|Tel al Zaatar
The Condition of Palestinian Refugees in
Based on PCRC research all gatherings located on public land,
have specific rehabilitation needs related to housing and
infrastructure such as electricity and basic sanitation.
Unfortunately, due to the implementation of the 2001 law,
banning property ownership for Palestinian refugees, the
Lebanese authorities severely restrict any maintenance of
buildings. UNRWA services are very limited despite 75,000
Palestinian refugees living in these hovels, and the gatherings
remain largely unknown to the international humanitarian