Palestinian pupils attend an UNRWA school in Gaza 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
At around the time the State of Israel came into being, over half of the non-Jewish population of what used to be called “Palestine” – some 750,000 people – left their homes. Deemed officially as “refugees,” they and their families have been shamefully treated ever since.A highly relevant factor in their unhappy history is that the UN body established to assist them (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East – UNRWA) began its work in May 1950, seven months ahead of the establishment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As a result, Palestine refugees have been treated quite differently from − and often much worse than − all other refugees in the world over, ever since.