17 August '10
This is an important and basic step towards improving the humanitarian conditions of the refugees. It does not have any political effects because the Lebanese unanimously agree on the Palestinians right of return and reject naturalisation.
Hassan Fadlallah, a Lebanese lawmaker
How do you say Catch 22 in Arabic?
Aljazeera is claiming that Palestinians in Lebanon gain rights, but it is unclear exactly how:
The Lebanese government has granted some 400,000 Palestinians living in the country the right to work in professions they had been banned from for decades.
Human rights groups welcomed Tuesday's parliamentary vote as a step forward but said the bill still fell short of what is needed.
Under the new bill, Palestinians still cannot own property and are not eligible for social security or health insurance benefits.
Because they will be treated as foreign workers, they are also still barred from certain occupations that the country's laws allow only Lebanese to hold.
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