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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Lebanon gives Palestinians gift on third anniversary of intifadah

Draft law would allow Palestinians to own property in Lebanon
The 10 deputies presented a draft "meant to give the right to own a housing apartment for those who do not carry a citizenship issued by a recognized state," the state news agency INA said. . . .

According to the United Nations, two thirds of 390,498 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon currently live in 12 squalid camps across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled to Lebanon as part of their nation's mass exodus at the 1948 establishment of the state of Israel, but some have since acquired Lebanese nationality while others emigrated during the 1975-1990 civil war.

Even now, Palestinians find themselves eyed with suspicion by the country's Christians, who fear the mainly Muslim community wishes to settle permanently in Lebanon and render them obsolete as a political force. The fears are reflected in the constitution which, apart from stopping Palestinians from settling here, also bans them from a list of 70 professions as well as purchasing property.
Full story at Yahoo News.