News Brief 9/2/2013, Elul 27, 5773
Report: Lebanon Keeping Out 'Palestinian Refugees' from Syria
Refugees from the fighting in Syria have been streaming into Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon for months – there may be as many as a million refugees in the three countries – but for descendants of Arabs who fled the Land of Israel in 1948, the latter destination is off-limits. Arabs who were living in refugee camps in Syria are being forced to go to either Turkey or Jordan, even if they live closer to the Lebanese border, because Lebanon doesn't want them.
Lebanon was already home to some half a million Arabs whose family members fled Israel in 1948, in the wake of Israel's independence.