Refugee Camps and Palestinian Right of Return

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In the aftermath of Israel's military assault, a United Nations envoy has described the Jenin Refugee Camp as "horrifying beyond belief." Now, with curfew lifted, families brave the stench of corpses to search for relatives in the rubble, and children still go without food. While Israel claims that Jenin was a source of suicide bombers, Jenin and 58 other "temporary" camps in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria embody issues left unresolved since the founding of Israel 54 years ago. We hear more about the camps, the refugees, and their future from a UN relief representative, former foreign ministers for Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Ehud Barak, and a historian who claims that the disintegration of Palestine began decades before the creation of Israel.
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Warren Olney