Beirut and Beyond seeks to benefit Palestinian refugee communities by relief, reconciliation, and relationship. In the Middle East, we partner with national organizations already involved in humanitarian work in Palestinian refugee camps; we bring needed supplies, fund projects, and provide volunteers. In the US, we focus on education. We teach on the Palestinian narrative and on peacemaking in a very complicated conflict. This brings awareness to the past and present realities of Palestinian life and gives the opportunity for others to encounter and serve Palestinian refugees. We base our work on the teachings of Jesus to be peacemakers in the world and to reconcile people to God and to each other.
Relief | Reconciliation | Relationship
- Holistic demonstration of God’s love to Palestinian refugee communities.
- Advocate and provide practical tools for engagement for faith communities to overcome religious and cultural barriers in relation to Palestinian refugee communities.
- Raise comprehensive awareness of conditions in Palestinian refugee communities from historic and current perspective.
- Offer peacemaking principles and reconciliation materials as a bridge to greater understanding.
- Facilitate concerned groups and individuals to provide community development and disaster relief for Palestinian refugee communities.
- Enhance the beauty and dignity of Palestinian refugee communities.
We bring relief to and build relationships with Palestinian refugees. We foster awareness of the complications and intricacies of the Middle East. We encourage others to be peacemakers in the Middle East. And lastly, we are advocates for Palestinian refugee communities.
- Projects benefiting the needs of Palestinian refugee communities run by national organizations on the ground in several different countries.
- Bringing awareness, education, and opportunity for others to encounter and serve Palestinian refugees.
Palestinian Refugees and The Middle East
Palestinians have had refugee status for over 69 years. Currently, they are the largest and oldest refugee group in the world with 5.3 millions refugees registered with UNRWA.*
Palestinian refugees are legally defined as people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.
One-third of the registered Palestinian refugees, more than 1.4 million, live in 58 refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
*Source, UNRWA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.