Palestinians in Lebanon: Difficult Past, Bleak Future

The new era for Palestinians has been mainly seen through the eyes of those living in the Occupied Territories. But a significant number are exiled in the Lebanon where the contradictions about their future are all too clear.

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James Denselow

Doctoral candidate, King's College London

The old man is dead. on his last journey he made his way from Paris to Cairo and on to the shattered compound in Ramallah, a fitting monument to the reality of Palestinian national aspirations Yasser Arafat embodied.

In Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, a twenty thousand strong crowd bore a symbolic coffin as Arafat loyalists fired guns and rockets into the air to mark what one fighter described as the ‘end of hope’.

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