Israel’s Abandoned Railroads

When empires still ruled the Middle East, trains ran across what are now impassable borders and war zones. The rails, now fallen into disrepair, still can be found throughout Israel, as Matti Friedman writes:

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More about: Israeli history, Middle East, Ottoman Palestine

The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem, and Mahmoud Abbas’s Indifference

Of the millions of so-called Palestinian refugees the world over, most are in fact not refugees by any standard definition, but are properly speaking the descendants of refugees, often kept in a permanent state of segregation and dependency by Arab regimes. But as a consequence of the Syrian civil war, numerous Palestinians living in Syria have become actual refugees, fleeing to countries like Lebanon. Khaled Abu Toameh explains their current discontent with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas:

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More about: Joseph Biden, Lebanon, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian refugees, Syrian civil war