Refugee Fact Sheet

During the Nakba, Zionis militia and terrorist gangs such as the Irgun ad Stern Gang destroyed or demolished about 531 Palestinian villages. They forced 750,000 Palestinians into exile and killed another 13, 000. Below are some little-known facts about Palestinian refugees.

Refugee Fact

Palestinian refugees and those called internally displaced persons (IDP) represent the largest and longest-standing case of forced displacement in the world today, according to Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights. Palestinians were forced into exile and therefore refugee status during al-Nakba in 1948 when Zionist militants forced 750,000 Palestinians from their homes. Another 350,000 Palestinians were displaced when Israel illegally seized their land during the Six Day War in 1967.

  • 40 percent of the refugees in the world today are Palestinian
  • Palestinian refugees or internally displaced persons make up 74 percent of the total Palestinian population of more than 9 million.
  • More than 6 million Palestinians are considered refugees from 1948 (includes descendants)
  • 950,000 Palestinians are considered refugees from 1967
  • 80 percent of all Palestinian refugees live outside camps operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
  • (That's why the number of refugees given by the UN is lower than the actual number of refugees.
  • More than 33 percent of registered refugees are under the age of 15
  • About 4.6 million refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 2008. Nearly one-third of them live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

(Source: Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights)

~ American Muslims for Palestine