Palestinian Refugees From Syria Face Harsh Conditions in Jordan
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Tamer Samadi - September 3, 2012 - 12:00am

High-level Jordanian official sources expressed their concern to Al-Hayat over the massive displacement of Palestinian refugees from Syria. In parallel, Jordanian relief sources revealed that some 200 Palestinian refugees with Syrian identification documents have fled the isolated camp in the border town of al-Ramtha in northern Jordan.

'Israel making threats over compensation for Jews'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Elior Levy - August 17, 2012 - 12:00am

The Arab media was up in arms this week over a plan spearheaded by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to hold a summit on the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at the UN in September.

Lebanese Army relocating in Nahr al-Bared
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
August 15, 2012 - 12:00am

The Lebanese Army is relocating in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp to give residents space, and the government has reiterated its commitment to releasing detainees from recent clashes and removing the camps’ restrictive permit system. The head of the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee Khaldoun al-Sharif announced the state-backed steps Monday night at a committee iftar held in the camp, according to a statement from the organization.

Palestinians from Syria mired in bureaucratic limbo
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Mohammed Zaatari - August 14, 2012 - 12:00am

After escaping the violence in Syria, Palestinian refugees who recently arrived in Lebanon are encountering a bureaucratic nightmare as they struggle to obtain basic housing and health care. More than 300 Palestinian refugee families have fled camps in Syria to the homes of relatives in the refugee camps of Ain al-Hilweh and Mieh Mieh, as well as the city of Sidon. The communities hosting the refugees are unable to accommodate the steady tide of newcomers from Syria, especially as little outside aid is being funneled to help them.

Syria's Palestinians flee to Lebanon, but for how long?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from USA Today
by Stephen Starr - August 10, 2012 - 12:00am

At the edge of a sprawling Palestinian camp in south Beirut, Syrian volunteers unload two dozen boxes from the trunk of a taxi. Young boys help carry them into the dark, narrow alleyways where families peer out from underground houses that were bomb shelters during Lebanon's past civil wars.

Syria’s Palestinians Seeking Help in Lebanon
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Stephen Staff - August 6, 2012 - 12:00am

On the streets of Hamra, a neighborhood of Beirut where young Lebanese men in expensive sports cars make their presence known by playing loud music, Syrian accents are clearly heard. They come from the young mothers begging for money and food on the sidewalks who have fled the violence that has racked their country, in what initially began as a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Their children run and play in the streets of Hamra past well-heeled and fashionably-dressed Lebanese women.

Mortars kill at least 20 in Damascus refugee camp
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Paul Schemm - August 3, 2012 - 12:00am

Mortars rained down on a crowded marketplace in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, killing at least 20 people as regime forces and rebels fought nearby, activists said. The attack on Yarmouk camp may well have been connected to a two-day long skirmish in the nearby Tadamon neighborhood, which has been repeatedly shelled by government troops. On Friday smoke could be seen pouring from the neighborhood.

The Tent People
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Zuheir Kseibati - (Opinion) August 2, 2012 - 12:00am

The Palestinians no longer have the privilege of “monopolizing” tents as part of the history of their setbacks and the features of their identity. The people of the region now have a new landmark that is unifying them perhaps more than the Arab League ever did: the tents of the displaced and the refugees.

Exploiting Jews from Arab Countries
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Beast
by Lara Friedman - (Opinion) August 2, 2012 - 12:00am

Last month saw an assault in Congress on Palestinian refugees—an effort to use legislation to re-define the Palestinian refugee issue out of existence.  This week the other shoe dropped, when a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced a new bill embracing the cause of “Jewish refugees from Arab countries” in a way that Congress has never replicated on the Palestinian side (for more info, see this list of all bills/resolutions dealing with Palestinian and/or Jewish refugees since 1989). 

UN agency voices concern over Palestinian refugees in Syria
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Xinhua
July 24, 2012 - 12:00am

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has expressed grave concern over the implications of the ongoing Syria crisis for the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in the country, a UN spokesman told reporters here on Monday.

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