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The Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, 1948-1957
The Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, 1948-1957
By Avi Plascov
Cass, 1981, 268 pp

An outstanding monograph based on much unpublished material (including Jordanian documents now in the Israel state archives), UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) reports, a host of secondary works, the press of that time, and interviews. Jordan was unique as a refugee-receiving country, having annexed the West Bank and granted citizenship to the Palestinians, and Plascov throws light on how these factors changed the nature of Jordanian politics, in addition to giving a detailed picture of where the refugees were, how they lived, and the central role of UNRWA.