ATbar Brackman, Nicole

Brackman, Nicole

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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon - A New Source of Cross-Border Tension?

01/06/2000

While Hizballah still mulls over its options in the wake of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon-terrorism, political activism, or both-there remains in Lebanon one other sizable community that could be the source of renewed tension and violence: the 350,000 Palestinian refugees. This group has a long and tortured history in Lebanon, but the development of the Oslo process (which most refugees in Lebanon perceive as an illegitimate betrayal of their cause), along with both the loss of Syrian-Lebanese leverage over Israel following unilateral withdrawal and the increasing desperation of the refugees, has fostered those ideological movements inside the refugee camps that may turn violent in order to bring attention to the refugees’ humanitarian plight.

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