The Internally Displaced in South Africa and Palestine from 1948-1966
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Birzeit University Working Paper 2011/37 (ENG)
The status of the internal displaced persons in Israel and in South Africa during 1948 and until 1966, is a severely disturbing one. Both the Internal displaced Palestinians in Israel and the internal displaced Africans in South Africa have been segregated, dehumanized and marginalized. Hence in May 1948 the state of Israel was established upon the ruins of Palestinian homes, lives and property and this newly formed state relentlessly displaced the native population. Those who remained in what became Israel were turned into IDPs. Also in 1948 the republic of South Africa was ruled by the National party which allocated ten homelands for the blacks and invigorated the policy of apartheid in all aspects of life. The indigenous of the land were forcefully detained to situate in these fragmented homelands, thus turning them into IDPs. In this study I discuss the horrid status of both the internal displaced persons in Israel and in South Africa, most of whom were forced to subordinate to a separatist government which inflicted apartheid in all aspects of life whether economically, educationally or socially.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: displaced, segregation, native population
JEL Classification: F22, O15, R23working papers series
Date posted: March 5, 2012
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