Lebanon’s Unwanted Palestinian Refugees

Real peace will not come to the Middle East as long as the peacemakers overlook this issue.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently touring the Middle East to promote the Israel-UAE peace deal signed earlier this month and to urge other Arab countries to work toward signing their own peace agreements with the Israelis. Pompeo is trying to take advantage of the changing attitudes of Arab states as they abandon the long-standing prerequisite that the Palestinian question be resolved before relations with Israel be normalized. For decades, the Palestinian issue was at the fore, at least publicly, of tensions between Israel and the Arab world. However, the plight of Palestinians in another Middle Eastern country has garnered much less attention. In Lebanon, Palestinians have long been subjected to prejudice in housing, employment and banking, among other things. In fact, the Palestinians didn’t move to Lebanon because they believed they would enjoy higher living standards there; they were forced to do so by circumstances beyond their control. And despite their contributions to Lebanese society and the economy, Palestinians in Lebanon have endured gross official discrimination. Real peace will not come to the Middle East as long as the peacemakers overlook this issue. Forced Immigration Israel has never officially accepted any responsibility for displacing the Palestinians. It […]

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Hilal Khashan
Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.