Which of the Palestinian refugees is most deserving of a Nobel prize?
On February 12, 2017, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee announced that Palestine had won the award for “for its pioneering role in the peace process, and for its continued steadfastness in the face of the most brutal and persistent forms of Israeli aggression.”
The committee said that the prize had been presented in a unanimous decision by the Nobel Committee’s executive board.
“The prize recognises the outstanding contributions of Palestine to the achievement of a just and lasting peace,” it said in a statement.
“In particular, it has recognised the steadfastness of the people of Palestine against the most ruthless forms of oppression, the steadfast determination of the Palestinians to maintain and advance their national aspirations and to achieve a just, just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.”
The Palestinian Authority has been at the centre of the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel says the Palestinian authority is in violation of international law by trying to build settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
It has accused the PA of supporting terror groups and terrorist organisations.
In recent months, the Palestinian refugee camps in the Gaza Strip have been increasingly targeted by Israeli forces, as Israeli forces have been accused of using live ammunition to kill civilians.
Israel has said the attack on the camps is a retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks.