The Invisible Community: Egypt’s Palestinians

Posted: June 14, 2011 by Rex Brynen in Egypt, new publications
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Oroub El-Abed, author of the seminal study Unprotected: Palestinians in Egypt Since 1948, has just released a briefing paper on the current situation of Palestinians in Egypt:

Little has been written about Palestinians in Egypt. The few thousand who sought refuge in Egypt after the 1948 Nakba were not welcomed by King Farouq’s government. However, with Gamal Abdel Nasser’s rise to power, Palestinians came to be treated on par with citizens of Egypt, enjoying basic rights, employment in the public sector, and property rights. After 1978 they were denied the rights once afforded to them by the Egyptian state as well as their rights as refugees. In this policy brief, Oroub El-Abed examines the legal status of Palestinians in Egypt, including positive signs of change in the wake of the Egyptian revolution. She argues that the Egyptian government must do more in order to live up to its responsibilities to this “invisible community,” whose numbers are unknown but who may be as many as 80,000.

You’ll find the full brief on the al-Shabaka (The Palestinian Policy Network) here.

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