PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: PAWNS OF PEACE
Palestinian diaspora has been on going for 60 years. Most Palestinian who fled to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan dream of one day returning. Palestine is their blood, soul and land.
The following photo series was produced by Kloie Picot.
Posters of Arafat, fighters, martyrs cover all the walls in the Palestinian refugee camps, be they in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria or Jordan. A young Palestinian girl whose grandparents fled Israeli take over of their village near Tsfat. She is 2nd generation born outside of Palestine and like all others her age is conditioned to dream of a magical place she only knows from the tales of her grandparents. A great grandmother lives with her 2 of grandchildren's children in a refugee camp in Lebanon. The house which began as a temporary shelter is now 3 stories high and houses 4 family units. Grandma and her husband were forced to flee their village by at that time Zionist gangs. A Palestinian couple, they have 10 children and are now grandparents. They live in Syria. A Palestinian man and his Lebanese wife and their children, they live in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. Lest we forget Sabra Shatilla Massacres, 16 September 1982. Historian Sami Hadawi has recorded that the 1982 massacre at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon, like the 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin was a cold, calculated atrocity. The heinous nature of the crime committed by Sharon's proxy militias, the Phalangists, has been depicted as barbaric in the extreme.
A Palestinian couple in their home in Syria. They fled the Israeli militias in 1948. Today they live in a Palestinian refugee camp near the Saida Zenab mosque outside of Damascus, Syria. Most of the refugees in this camp came from the north of Palestine, mainly what is now Tsvat or Haifa.
Woman at Sabra Shattila refugee camp wait to receive a meal at a center ran by my good friend Melek, who is Turkish by origin but married a Palestinian banker. She is a relentless hero of giving to the Palestinian people. We love you Melek! Palestinian woman performing afternoon prays at a center for the aged in Sabra Shattila refugee camp in Lebanon. A Palestinian man from Jerusalem who in 1983 killed an Israeli soldier. He was arrested and sentenced to life in prison, where he was tortured...one favorite and very common form of torture the Israeli practice in the famous Russian Compound outside the old city gate of Damascus, is leaving prisoners in 1 meter by 1 meter boxes for weeks and months on end. He and 20 other prisoners were freed in 2003 as a jesture to King Abdullah of Jordan. "M" now lives in a cheap hotel in Amman, he can only function under heavy psychiatric medication provided by the Amman Red Crescent. Father and son in their home in a refugee camp in Lebanon. A Palestinian construction worker in his one room house he shares with his wife and child. He lives in the old city of Damascus, strangely ironic his home once belonged to Jews who immigrated to Palestine. A Christian Palestinian refugee home in a camp outside of Beirut Lebanon. UNRWA is the UN representative for the Palestinians. Without the support of UNRWA Palestinians would be homeless and hungry. Syrian family living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Though friendly, there is not too much intermingling between Palestinian and Syrians. Why? I don't know....need to go and stay a lot longer... A Palestinian 3rd generation refugee in her home in a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan.
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