Palestinian Refugees

  1. Among the Palestinian refugees created by Israel's War of Independence, most left their homes because of the promises of Arab Leaders. Only a small minority of Palestinians left because of actions taken by Israeli troops, who were acting in the heat of battle. There was no Israeli policy of expulsion.
  2. The UN has perpetuated the Palestinian refugee problem. Palestinians are the only population in the world that the UN allows to pass on their refugee status to children and grandchildren. As a result, the original Palestinian refugee population of a few hundred thousand has grown to more than five million today.
  3. Arab governments have exploited the Palestinians for generations, using them as pawns in their conflict with Israel. Palestinians only have access to citizenship in one Arab country, and suffer under discriminatory laws and restrictions throughout the Arab World.