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  • Abigael Benchaya

How a UN Definition Threatens Israel

Updated: Jul 11, 2023



Palestinians comprise the largest refugee population in the world nearing a total of 6 million people. Considering that Israel has a current population of 9.34 million inhabitants, that number of refugees seems exorbitant. How would it be possible that the number of refugees expelled from Israel makes up 64% of their current population?


A refugee must fall into a specific category as defined by the United Nations (UN), however, Palestinians have a definition to classify a refugee that differs from the rest. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, a refugee is a person "who has fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and has crossed an international border to find safety in another country." This status is attributed to a person who was forced to leave their country of residence to find shelter and safety across national borders. The status may only be claimed by those who have personally been forced to flee. As of 2021, there were a total of 21.3 million refugees globally according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).


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