Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Palestinian Diaspora

  • Samih K. Farsoun
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_23

Introduction

The Palestinians are the indigenous people of Palestine. Palestine as a name and a province emerged in the Roman period. After the Romans, the Byzantine Empire controlled Palestine. Byzantine-Hellenic culture and the Greek language of the times were dominant in the region. Early in the seventh century a.d., after the rise of Islam, Palestine and the region became Arab and largely Muslim. Christians and tiny minorities of Jews continued to live there because they were accepted as “People of the Book”—the Bible. Palestine remained Arab (Islamic and Christian) until 1948, when the state of Israel was established. Palestine was dismembered as a patrimony and destroyed as a society, and most of its Arab people dispossessed and dispersed into a modem diaspora. This tragedy is known to the Palestinians as Al-Nakbah (Arabic for “The Catastrophe”).

The United Nations voted a resolution (UN General Assembly Resolution 194) affirming the right of return for the Palestinian refugees...

Keywords

Host Country Arabian Peninsula Refugee Camp Gaza Strip Partition Plan 
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