The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Possible Outcomes, Achievable Goals
The 1948 Arab-Israeli War produced a refugee flow of 760,000 Palestinians from territories claimed by the new Jewish state-21O,000 to the Gaza Strip under Egyptian control, 280,000 to the West Bank, and 100,000 to the East Bank (both under Jordanian control), 90,000 to Lebanon, and 80,000 to Syria. By 1950 these refugees came under the care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); in 1992 UNRWA reported a total of 2.6 million registered refugees and descendants, 911,000 of whom resided in camps. I In 1967 Israel took over Gaza and the West Bank, inheriting a refugee population of its own. While UNRWA acknowledges that its demographics are unreliable, the proportions of the refugee problem are indisputable.