Lebanon Postpones Granting Rights to 1948 Refugees – Again

The Lebanese parliament has postponed voting on a bill that would grant civil rights to descendants of Arab refugees by one month after postponing it for the last 62 years. The refugees in question are those descended from Arabs who fled pre-state Israel during the War of Independence.

More than 400,000 such descendants are registered as refugees with UNRWA in Lebanon, comprising approximately 10% of the country’s population. They are still not allowed to work in most professions or to own property and thus preserve their refugee status, using it to pressure Israel in the UN and world media.

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