The Fabric of Our Lives

2013 / 12 / 02  01:36

Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone ,has the right to leave any country including “her” own, and to return to “her” country.” Article 13, from the Universal Declaration of Human.Rights?

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It is a human story?

Oppression can never prohibit me from expressing my culture, heritage, history, faith and dignity.

My past was stolen, but would you help me restore my futur?

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Refugee Rights and Right of Return Resources

For where no straight line leads from home to birthplace to school to maturity, all events are accidents, all progress is a digression, all residence is exile. Edward Said


During the war of 1948 that led to the establishment of the state of Israel, close to one million Palestinians were expelled from their homes and over 500 Palestinian localities were destroyed. In Arabic this historical period is called the “Nakba” which means the great catastrophe or disaster. The Nakba destroyed the fabric of Palestinian life and the relationships between Jews and Palestinians.

It is in the psyche of every Palestinian that the Right of Return is a sacred right and that there can be no peace without it. It is also a basic right derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all international and regional covenants. It is an individual right derived from the Principle of Self Determination. It has no statute of limitation and cannot be extinguished by a treaty or the establishment of a state
The first formal move towards the recognition of a right of return was in UN General Assembly Resolution 194 passed on 11 December 1948 which provided (Article 11):

  • “Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

UN Resolution 194 has been repeatedly confirmed by the international community over 110 times in the last 50 years.

UNRWA has registered 4.8 million Palestinian refugees today. Many more are unregistered and living now in other countries and many others are internally displaced within Israel or Palestine as the ongoing destruction of villages, homes, and lives continues under settler colonization.

Websites Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights online media website for audio productions, short films, photo galleries Palestine Remembered Zochrot



TEDxRamallah-Sam Bahour: Refugees Waiting


Right of Return Conference Day 1 at Boston University: Salman Abu Sitta Keynote


Right of Return Conference Day 2 at Boston University: Noura Erakat (Badil) and Liat Rosenberg (Zochrot)


“Al Nakba—The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948


Video: Testimony by Dr. Ilan Pappe on Genocide in Palestine by Israel

My Neighborhood (about Sheik Jarrah) at

1948---A different Story Part ½ lecture by Professor Ilan Pappe

The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians

Their story, their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today



  • The Arab villages lost since Israel’s War of Independence
  • The Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948
  • Independence and Nakba: intertwined and inseparable
  • The Nakba is Also Ours: A Response
  • FAQ on the Nakba: The Nakba and Palestinian Refugees Today
  • The Catastrophe - Al Nakba
  • The Last Word – May 2014; The Palestinian Narrative


  • The 1948 Palestinian Refugees and the Individual Right of Return: an International Law Analysis Badil Resource Center
  • Rights in Principle, Rights in Practice: Revisiting the Role of International Law in Crafting Durable Solutions for Palestinian Refugees ed. Terry Rempel for Badil Resource Center
  • Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (2010-2012), vol. VII
  • Palestinian Christians: Ongoing forcible displacement and dispossession…until when? Badil/Kairos, December 2012
  • What’s the Story in Sheik Jarrah by Sheik Jarrah Solidarity Movement on facebook at Sheik Jarrah Solidarity Movement or
  • Forced Evictions: Assessing the Impact on Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem by Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling


Recommended Books:

George W, Ball & Douglas B. Ball, The Passionate Attachment
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Sharing the Land of Canaan
Greg Philo and Mike Berry, Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories
Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out
Ali Abunimah, One Country
Jonathon Cook, Blood and Religion
Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Illan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians
Israel Shahak, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Donald Neff, Fallen Pillars
Salman Abu-Sitta, Palestine Right of Return, Sacred, Legal, and Possible
Robert John & Sami Hadawi, Palestine Diary 1914-1945
Kathleen Christison, Perceptions of Palestine
John W. Mulhall, CSP, America and the founding of Israel
Charles D. Smith, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians
Stephen Green, Taking Sides
Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle
Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest
Virginia Tilley, The One State Solution
Norman Finkelstein, Beyond Chutzpah
John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby
Shira Robinson, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State
Fatima Kassem, Palestinian Women: Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory
Nahlo Abdo, Women in Israel: Race, Gender, and Citizenship
Dian Matar, What It Means To Be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood

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