Colonial incarceration: Palestinians on permanent lock down

Julie Peteet, Space and Mobility in Palestine (2017) Bloomington: Indiana University Press
  • Garay Menicucci

This year marks the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the nakba (catastrophe) when over 750,000 of them were forced to flee Mandate Palestine and never allowed to return. Today, Palestinians are the longest lasting population in refugee status in the world. For more than 20 years, Julie Peteet soberly recorded the devastating conditions for Palestinians in the refugee camps in Lebanon (Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (1991) and Landscape of Hope and Despair: Place and Identity in Palestinian Refugee Camps (2005)). Ten more years of her witnessing and research has resulted in Space and Mobility in Palestine (2017) which gives voice to the Palestinians who against all odds are remaining sumud (steadfast) in refusing to leave their homes in historic Palestine and trying to construct a daily life of normalcy despite the increasing constriction of space symbolized above all by the Israeli apartheid wall in the West Bank.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Affiliated High School of Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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