The Plight of Palestine Refugees

Since the begining of the Arab-Israeli conflict, countless Palestinians have been displaced from their homes. Watch this video to learn about their experience and the UN relief agency that works with this group.

Palestine refugees began their long journey in 1948. Since the beginning of the Arab-Israeli conflict, these people have endured multiple displacements, repeated violence, occupation and blockade. Through these hardships, the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) has been there to provide critical education, health care, micro-finance, relief and social services, and emergency assistance for those displaced by the conflict.

Watch this video to learn more about the Palestine refugees and UNRWA's work with this group.

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The Compassion of World Religions

A common theme throughout most world religions is compassion or treating others as you would be treated. Read these expressions of faith.

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We've all heard of the "golden rule" - treat others as you would be treated. But did you know that this is a common theme running through most world religions? Read the sayings of compassion from Baha'i to Zoroastrianism below. Reflect on how you can take these sayings and apply them to your actions.


Baha’I Faith: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not with to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings)

Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18)

Christianity: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Confucianism: “One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…loving kindness.  Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.” (Confucius, Analects 15.23)

Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”  (The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith)

Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritanga)

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.  This is the whole Torah; all the rest if commentary.”  (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

Native American Spirituality: “We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.” (Chief Dan George)

Sikhism: “I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.” (Guru Granth Sahib, p. 1299)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.  (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218)

Unitarianism: “We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." (Unitarian principle)

Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” (Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29)

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Donate and Share: Support the UNRWA

This Action gives the opportunity to support the work of the UNRWA through donation and share your thoughts on social media about showing compassion in the world.

UNRWA: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Help support UNRWA's relief and advocacy for Palestine Refugees.

In the Reflection of this Guided Path, you learned about the major theme of compassion woven through a majority of world religions. Tweet or share on Facebook your thoughts on the call to treat others like yourself. A sample tweet is below.

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