Maroun-Palestine“Having been granted resettlement to Australia on humanitarian basis, eight Palestinian-Iraqi families (totalling 35 refugees) are expected to arrive into Australia on the 3rd & 4th of May”, said Mr Yousef Alreemawi, a Palestinian academic at the University of Melbourne and Arabic community leader who spearheaded this resettlement initiative.

Professor_abdelqaderSaid Mohammad al-Shorbajy wants to die in Palestine. “That is my only wish, which I hope God will grant me,” he said.

syria_campOn August 2, 2012, at least 20 Palestinian refugees living in the Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus were killed when mortar shells landed in a busy street.

key_gazaThe Syrian conflict, characterized by the International Committee for the Red Cross as a civil war, has raged for nearly sixteen months and caused the displacement of 1,500,000 persons.Syria’s 500,000 Palestinian refugees, who constitute nearly 2.8% of its population, are among those who have endured forcible displacement as a result of the conflict.

church-vandalismAt the same time that thousands of Christian Zionist tourists descended on Jerusalem last week to display their unequivocal support for Israel, local Christian leaders say they fear a recent increase in attacks on their holy sites signals the potential for future, more extreme violence.

un_flagThe United Nations today strongly condemned attacks on Palestinian children in Syria and renewed its call on all parties to the conflict in the Middle Eastern country to cease violence in residential areas to prevent harming refugees and civilians.