January 19, 2000 :
problem of Palestinian refugees is at the center of Lebanese concerns on the
eve of the Syrian-israeli negotiations regarding this question
January 26, 2000 :
Minister of Interior Michel MURR blames certain Palestinian groups for wanting
to cause trouble in Lebanon, though he denies the infiltration of Palestinian
camps by afghans Muslim fundamentalists or organizations close to the terrorist
Oussama Ben Laden ( L'Orient-Lejour).
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March 14, 2000 :
President Emile LAHOUD, the presence of Palestinians in Lebanon is more of a
"military and security problem" rather than a simple question related to
refugees. The withdrawal of Israeli troops from the South of Lebanon, expected
in June, will not in any way solve the problem of Palestinian refugees in
Lebanon (The Daily Star).
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April 12, 2000 :
covered a story on the decay of Palestinian refugees and the daily inhuman
conditions in which they live at the Camp of Nahr el-Bared. The newspaper
pointed an accusing finger at the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Work Agency
for Palestine Refugees) for considerably reducing its budget
April 14, 2000 :
example of President LAHOUD, the Syrian Minister of foreign affairs Farouk
EL-CHAREH brought up the question of Palestinian refugees, stating that any
solution to the problem is subject to a global framework-agreement
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September 9, 2000 :
While a few
hundred Palestinian refugees were demonstrating in front of the UN building in
Beirut, President Emile LAHOUD declared before 5 British members of Parliament
that the region will only find peace if Palestinian refugees are authorized to
regain their homeland (The Daily Star).
September 13, 2000 :
Lebanese Prime Minister Selim Hoss reaffirmed, before the United Nations'
General Assembly in New York, his refusal to see Palestinian refugees settling
in Lebanon for good (L'Orient-Lejour)
September 14, 2000 :
Front for the Liberation of Palestine held a protest in front of the Saida camp
by burning Israeli and American flags, following the sine die postponement of
the proclamation of a Palestinian State as promised by Yasser Arafat and
scheduled on September 13 (The Daily Star).
September 16, 2000 :
eve of the commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila massacres, a group of human
rights activists and members of the Italian parliament brought their support to
Palestinian claims to regain their homeland (The Daily Star).
September 19, 2000 :
Palestinian refugee students started a hunger strike in front of the UNRWA
headquarters demanding the opening of secondary schools in Northern camps. The
strike was also carried out to protest against UNRWA's failure to adapt its
education services and to reduce its financial support (The Daily Star &
September 28, 2000 :
United States granted additional funds of the amount of 9 million dollars to
the UNRWA (Daily Star)
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October 2, 2000 :
was held by Palestinians from the camps to protest against the Israeli
massacres. The slogan was: "We want to return to our homeland, Palestine"
"Olympic day" for Palestinian refugees,
organized by three NGOs (The Daily Star)
October 4, 2000 :
Palestinian camps in Lebanon - particularly
the one in Ein el Hilweh, the largest in the country - followed closely the
developments relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The main outcome of
the latter conflict was to reunite once again Palestinians refugees in Lebanon
and Palestinians in the homeland ( The Daily Star).
October 7, 2000 :
Palestinian refugees from Lebanon were killed and seventeen more injured near
the Israeli-Lebanese border. This raised the question of the spread of the
conflict in the refugee camps in Lebanon (L'Orient-Lejour).
October 9, 2000 :
announced its decision to open secondary schools in the Palestinian refugee
camps. For months, demonstrations were held in front of the UNRWA headquarters
to obtain access to secondary education.
October 10, 2000 :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to have repercussions on Palestinian
refugees in Lebanon : Palestinian refugees threw a grenade at an Israeli army
station at the border in Ramyeh. This was the first serious incident at the
border ( L'Orient-Lejour)
October 14, 2000 :
spokesperson of UNIFEL (United Nations interim forces in Lebanon) encouraged
the Lebanese government to reinforce its presence in the South, since it was
not up to the UN to prevent Palestinian demonstrations at the border. As for
Palestinian refugees from Syria, they also organised protests in a camp near
Damascus where they called for Hizbullah to bomb Israel.
Statement of the head of government M. Selim
Hoss : " The time has come for the international community to understand that
Palestinians are human beings and have rights in their own homeland. They have
a right to a State on their territory and refugees have a right to head back
October 16, 2000 :
South Lebanon has regained its peacefulness, refugee camps, encouraged by the
Islamic Jihad, refugee camps call for the pursuit of the Intifada.
October 19, 2000 :
Palestinian rebellion has expanded. Demonstrations took place following the
Sharm El Sheikh summit. Refugees, along with members of the intellectual elite,
marched to the slogan " Zionist terrorism kills our children " ( The Daily
October 21, 2000 :
camps expressed their anger after the UNRWA interrupted its services in the
region of Saida following the burning of the UN flag by Palestinian radicals in
Ein el Hilweh (L'Orient-Lejour).
October 23, 2000 :
announced the reopening its schools and health centres. These facilities were
shut down a few days ago following an incident involving the admission of 20
over aged refugee students into secondary school (L'Orient-Lejour) .
The reaction of President Emile Lahoud at the
Arab summit in Cairo (Saturday and Sunday 21-22 October) regarding the question
of Palestinian refugees was the following : "I am certain that the minute Arab
states adopt a unified position to insure the return of Palestinian people to
their homeland, success will be guaranteed". (Daily Star).
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November 2, 2000 :
300 children from three Palestinian camps in the Tyre region took part in a
protest to denounce " the crimes of Israel against childhood "
November 3, 2000 :
Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration of Balfour which
promised a Jewish home in Palestine. Demonstrations of women and children
against " colonialism " were organised as well as educational courses in the
schools within the camps (Daily Star).
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December 4, 2000 :
found asylum in Lebanon complained of government's neglect.
decreased and since Lebanon has not yet signed the Convention of 1951
concerning the status of refugees, the latter cannot work legally nor be
naturalised as Lebanese citizens ( The Daily Star).
December 9, 2000 :
estimated it lacked funds to finance the increasing needs of Palestinian
refugees (The Daily Star).
December 19, 2000 :
Emile Lahoud warned against the permanent settlement of Palestinian refugees in
Lebanon. Diplomatic strategies to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
should lead to the progressive return of refugees to Palestine (L'Orient-Lejour
and The Daily Star)
December 30, 2000 :
still preoccupied with the durable implantation of Palestinian refugees on its
soil. This concern is magnified by the Clinton compromise which aims to grant
Palestinian sovereignty on the holy sanctuary in exchange for a renunciation of
the return of Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries.
Throughout the months of November and
December, many exhibits promoting the Palestinian struggle (such as children's
drawings representing the Intifada and commemoration relating to the armed
struggle of 1987) were held in the refugee camps in Lebanon.
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