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Georges Abdallah to go hunger strike in support of Palestinian prisoners

Leftist Lebanese prisoner Georges Abdallah Monday announced he will go on a three-day hunger strike in solidarity with roughly 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who have done the same for over a week Joseph Abdallah, a member of the International Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah, added in a Facebook post that several of his inmates in France, where he is serving a life sentence, will join the three-day solidarity hunger strike. Georges Abdallah last went on hunger strike for three days in August 2016, also in support of Palestinian prisoners. Abdallah was arrested in Lyon in October 1984 and convicted three years…

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Hariri launches census of Palestinian refugees

Prime Minister Saad Hariri reiterated the importance of the right of return for Palestinians Thursday at an event launching the first official census of the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon. “The whole world should be aware of how much the Palestinians are suffering in Lebanon and how much the Lebanese are suffering [as a consequence]. Israel is [seizing] the Palestinian territories and we are witnessing the results,” Hariri said. The prime minister spoke during the launch of the “Comprehensive Census of Population and Housing in Palestinian Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon,” a project of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee at the…

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UNRWA cites progress in talks over Palestinians from Syria

BEIRUT: Ongoing talks between the U.N. and the Palestinian factions are making progress on issues facing Palestinian refugees from Syria, according to UNRWA Affairs Director in Lebanon Matthias Schmale. “I’d like to think overall this dialogue has gone well in terms of articulated concerns and then working together to find solutions. I rate it as quite positive,” Schmale told The Daily Star Friday. Over the last three months, UNRWA – the agency tasked with providing services to Palestinians – and Palestinian factions have been engaged in close technical negotiations over the major issues affecting the community in Lebanon. Dialogue committees,…

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UNRWA changes health policy, angering Palestinians

BEIRUT: The implementation of a revised health care funding policy by UNRWA on June 1 was met with surprise and anger from Palestinian groups who believed negotiations were ongoing, with activists vowing to escalate protests in reaction. Following rounds of talks between UNRWA and Palestinian groups over adjustments to a new health policy, initially announced in December, the U.N. agency implemented the changes at the beginning of the month. However, Palestinian officials expressed surprise at the decision, despite UNRWA saying they had notified the parties in advance of the move. “We first suspended the policy on March 1 to give…

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AUB and UNRWA Launch Survey on the Socioeconomic Status of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon

NNA - Today, the American University of Beirut (AUB), together with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), launched a "Survey on the Socioeconomic Status of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, 2015". This publication updates the original flagship report from 2010, with leading academic research and analysis by the AUB.  Commissioned by UNRWA, this survey was conducted in April 2015 across nearly 3,000 households of Palestine Refugees from Lebanon (PRL) and more than 1,000 households of Palestine Refugees from Syria in Lebanon (PRS).  This publication gives an in depth analysis of the living…

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Palestinians protest for 2nd day UNRWA health care changes

Palestinian groups closed the office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in south Lebanon for the second consecutive day on Friday, the state-run National News Agency reported. The agency's services office in Ain al-Hilweh, the director's office in the southern city of Sidon and the bus stop in the area have also been closed off by demonstrators, the NNA said. And UNRWA offices were shut down Thursday in the northern city of Tripoli, as well as in the Ain al-Hilweh and Mieh Mieh refugee camps in the south. Palestinians living in Lebanon's 12 refugee camps have been protesting…

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«ائتلاف حقّ العودة» يستنكر خفض الخدمات للفلسطينيين

أدان «الائتلاف الفلسطيني العالمي لحقّ العودة» السّياسة «التي تتّبعها «وكالة غوث وتشغيل اللاجئين الفلسطينيّين» (الأونروا)، والهادفة إلى تقليص خدماتها للشعب الفلسطيني بدعاوى شتّى»، مؤكّداً أنّ «في هذه السياسة محاولة من المجتمع الدّولي للتراجع عن مسؤولياته التاريخية والأخلاقية عن النكبة». وتوجّه، في بيان بعد اجتماعه السنوي الّذي عقده في 17، 18، 19 آذار بمبادرةٍ من مجموعة «عائدون»، بالتحية إلى «أهلنا في مخيمات اللجوء الفلسطيني وخاصة في لبنان في تحركاتهم الشعبية احتجاجاً على تقليص الوكالة لخدماتها»، مؤكّداً «انخراطه في التحركات إلى أن تتراجع الوكالة عن قراراتها الجائرة وسياستها الظالمة وتحقّق مطالب أهلنا العادلة في التّعليم، الصحة، الاستشفاء، والإغاثة والإصلاح والمأوى». ودعا الائتلاف…

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مخاوف فلسطينية: «الأونروا» تنهار ثم التوطين؟

الأنظار في لبنان مُنصبّة على احتمالات توطين النازحين السوريين واقعياً. ولكن، خلف الستارة، هناك نصف مليون فلسطيني قطعوا أشواطاً في مسار التوطين الواقعي. وفي ليل التسويات الشرق أوسطية مخاوف من تكريس التوطين قانونياً. من المفارقات أن يعيش حاكمان لمصرف لبنان، من موقعين مختلفين، وبفارق ربع قرن بينهما، تجربة المواجهة مع التوطين في لبنان. الأوّل مع توطين الفلسطينييين، والثاني مع توطين السوريين: في كانون الثاني الفائت، وقف حاكم مصرف لبنان الدكتور رياض سلامة في وجه الوفد البريطاني الذي زاره قبَيل مؤتمر لندن الخاص بدعم اللاجئين السوريين، رافضاً طلبه إقرار إجراءات تقود إلى توطين النازحين إلى لبنان. ونُقِل عنه قوله للوفد ما…

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Palestinians in east Lebanon accuse UNRWA of 'conspiracy'

Residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in east Lebanon marched to protest the U.N. Relief and Works Agency's recent modifications to its health care services, accusing the body of “conspiring” against them. Protesters marched in the streets of the Wavel refugee camp, also known at the Jaleel camp, in the city of Baalbek near the UNRWA office in the area. Fatah representative Khaled Othman said the UNRWA measures are “a clear indication of a political plot against” Palestinian refugees. He said services offered by the agency are “a legal and humanitarian right" for Palestinians. “We will defend the [demands of…

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