Is the right of return still desirable and sacred among Palestinian refugees?

Sobhi Albadawi*

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Abstract

The right of return has been a fundamental claim by Palestinian people since 1948. The 'right' refers to the political position or principle that all generations of Palestinian refugees have the right to return to the property they or their forebears left behind during the 1948 Palestinian exodus, and following the 1967 Six-Day War. This study examines and updates Palestinian refugees' views of the right of return claim, adopting a quantitative research design surveying 1200 participants from five refugee camps located in Hebron and Bethlehem in the West Bank. The study finds that even after 72 years of displacement, the right of return remains an active but changing political construct among surveyed Palestinians living in the West Bank. As such, future negotiations must consider the generational narratives and ensure that the right of return claim, resettlement, and compensation particularly are not treated as mutually exclusive in the delivery of a just solution to the displacement of Palestinian refugees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • compensation
  • refugees
  • resettlement
  • resolution
  • right
  • sacred

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