New Article: Kohn, Refugee Camp Narratives

Kohn, Ayelet. “Refugee Camp Narratives: The Role of ‘Eye-Witness Testimony’ in Journalists’ Travel Accounts.” Current Sociology 64.1 (2016): 83-100.

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392115587748

 

Extract

This article examines three narrative formats which Israeli journalists use to describe their tours in Palestinian refugee camps. The article aims to suggest possibilities for reporting patterns, carefully framing a sense of urgency, which attempt to form a right measure of proximity and distance from the sufferers which might motivate audiences into action. The discussion focuses on three narratives, one literary and the other an article which was published in a popular Israeli journal, both unique in their deliberate emphasis on writing style and their reflection of the ongoing tension between the reporters’ professional, creative and national identities. The third format is a testimony, given by the narrator in Ari Folman’s animated film Waltz with Bashir (2008). The film ends with a few minutes of documented events, filmed at Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon in 1982. While all three narratives use direct showing, personal testimonies and a variety of written, illustrated and photographed portraits, the written narratives focus on the reporters’ central role and on the Israeli readers, while Waltz with Bashir challenges the possible feeling of guilt on the Israeli side and invokes the viewer’s human empathy through a direct encounter with personal comments and shocking images.

 

 

 

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New Book: Hanafi et al, UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees

Hanafi, Sari, Leila Hilal, and Lex Takkenberg, eds. UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees. From Relief and Works to Human Development. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014.

 

9780415715041

 

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415715041/

 

Abstract

Exploring the evolution of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), this book fills a lacuna in literature on the agency. It employs recent fieldwork in order to analyse challenges in programmes and service delivery, protection, camp governance, community participation, and camp improvement and reconstruction. The chapters examine the way UNRWA is adapting to a changing social, political and economic context, mostly within urban settings – a paradigmatic shift from understanding the Agency’s role as simply a provider of relief and services to one comprehensively supporting the human development of Palestinian refugees.

Examining the refugee debate using new disciplines and research frameworks, this collection aims to emphasise the centrality of the Palestinian refugee issue for Middle East peace-making and to contribute a better understanding of a unique agency. This book will be a useful aid for students and researchers with an interest in Middle East Studies, Politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Table of Contents

Part I: Meeting Challenges in Programmes and Service Delivery

1 Realizing Self-Reliance through Microfinance – Allex Pollock

2 UNRWA’s ‘Traditional’ Programmes as a Catalyst for Human Development – Tjitske de Jong & Miriam Aced

Part II: Protection: From Concept to Practice

3 Incorporating Protection into UNRWA Operations – Mark Brailsford

4 Advancing Child Protection in Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Syria – Laurent Chapuis

Part III: Governance: The Camps and UNRWA

5 From Chaos to Order and Back: The Construction of UNRWA Shelters and Camps 1950- 1970– Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg

6 UNRWA as ‘Phantom Sovereign’: Governance Practices in Lebanon – Sari Hanafi

Part IV: Civic Participation and Community Engagement

7 From Beneficiary to Stakeholder: An Overview of UNRWA’s Approach to Refugee Participation– Terry Rempel

8 Community Participation and Human Rights Advocacy: Questions Arising from the Campaign about the Right to Work of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon – Sergio Bianchi

Part V: Camp Improvement/Reconstruction and Development

9 Dynamics of Space, Temporariness, Development and Rights in Palestine Refugees’ Camps– Mona Budeiri

10 Talbiyeh Camp Improvement Project and the Challenges of Community Participation: Between Empowerment and Conflict– Fatima Al-Nammari

11 Implementing the Neirab Rehabilitation Project: UNRWA’s Approach to Development in Syria’s Palestinian Refugee Camps– Nell Gabiam

12 The Urban Planning Strategy in Al-Hussein Palestinian Refugee Camp in Amman: Heterogeneous Practices; Homogeneous Landscape– Lucas Oesch

Part VI: Palestinian Refugees and Durable Solutions: A Role for UNRWA

13 UNRWA as Avatar: Current Debates on the Agency and their Implications – Rex Brynen

14 The Role of UNRWA in Resolving the Palestinian Refugee Issue – Leila Hilal

ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies 44.1 (2014)

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Vol. 44, No. 1, Autumn 2014
SPECIAL ISSUE: OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE

Cover
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Front Matter
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1
Table of Contents
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1

FROM THE EDITOR

The Dahiya Doctrine, Proportionality, and War Crimes
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 5-13.

ANALYSIS OF THE WAR

Politicide in Gaza: How Israel’s Far Right Won the War
Max Blumenthal
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 14-28.
Another Freedom Summer
Robin D.G. Kelley
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 29-41.
The Psychosis of Permanent War
Chris Hedges
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 42-51.
The Twelve Wars on Gaza
Jean-Pierre Filiu
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 52-60.
The Implications of Joining the ICC after Operation Protective Edge
Victor Kattan
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 61-73.
Photos
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 74-75.

AN OFFICIAL PERSPECTIVE

Interview with Hanan Ashrawi: Oslo, the PA, and Reinventing the PLO
Rashid Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 76-87.
Photos
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 88-90.

DISSECTING THE DISCOURSE

Blaming the Victims
Diana Buttu
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 91-96.
Crisis Moments: Shifting the Discourse
Yousef Munayyer
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 97-105.
Interview with Noura Erakat: Framing the Palestinian Narrative
Nehad Khader
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 106-117.
Photos
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 118-119.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

After the Smoke Clears: Gaza’s Everyday Resistance
Laila El-Haddad
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 120-125.
Interview with Dr. Basil Baker: Quick Death under Fire, Slow Death under Siege
Nehad Khader
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 126-132.
A Response to Elie Wiesel
Sara Roy
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 133-134.
Photos
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 135-136.

CENTENNIAL PERSPECTIVE

Palestine and Palestine Studies: One Century after World War I and the Balfour Declaration
Walid Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 137-147.

RECENT BOOKS

Review: The Battle for Justice in Palestine
The Battle for Justice in Palestine by by Ali Abunimah
Review by: Richard Falk
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 148-150.
Review: 40 Years of Israeli Occupation: 1967–2007
40 Years of Israeli Occupation: 1967–2007 by by Hiltrud Awad; Hilmi S. Salem; Suhail Khalilieh; Jad Issac
Review by: Ahmad El-Atrash and Lubna Shaheen
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 150-152.
Review: Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917–1948
Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917–1948 by Noah Haiduc-Dale
Review by: George Emile Irani
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 152-154.
Review: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees: From Relief and Works to Human Development
UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees: From Relief and Works to Human Development by edited by Sari Hanafi; Leila Hilal; Lex Takkenberg
Review by: Benjamin Schiff
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 154-156.
Review: Zionism and Land Tenure in Mandate Palestine
Zionism and Land Tenure in Mandate Palestine by by Aida Asim Essaid
Review by: Michael R. Fischbach
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 156-158.
Review: Unfree in Palestine: Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction
Unfree in Palestine: Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction by by Nadia Abu-Zahra; Adah Kay
Review by: Roger Heacock
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 158-160.
Review: Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco
Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco by by Aomar Boum
Review by: Sami Shalom Chetrit
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 160-163.
SELECTIONS FROM THE PRESS
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 164-190.
PALESTINE UNBOUND
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 191-203.
UPDATE ON CONFLICT AND DIPLOMACY
Ben White
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 204-237.
DOCUMENTS AND SOURCE MATERIAL
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 238-272.
JPS Responds to Israel’s Prime Minister
Journal of Palestine Studies Autumn 2014, Vol. 44, No. 1: 273-274.

New Article: Rürup, Zionist and Israeli Responses to Statelessness

Rürup, Miriam. “The Citizen and its Other: Zionist and Israeli Responses to Statelessness.” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 59 (2014): 37-52.

 

URL: http://leobaeck.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/1/37.extract

 

Abstract

In the early post-war years, the DP camps worked toward shaping the “Zionist citizen” before a Zionist state existed. Israeli legislation defining who would and should belong to that new state of Israel considered membership of the Israeli nation as the fulfilment of Jewish history. Israeli citizenship was opened to all Jews worldwide. The concept of non-territory-bound belonging persisted and became trans-territorial. The humanitarian basis for introducing the Law of Return eventually led to a trans-territorial notion of Israeli citizenship for Jews worldwide. In a sense, not statelessness was overcome, but the link between the territorially based nation state and citizenship was erased. From a traditional perspective, the Jewish collective was never defined by territoriality, but by spirituality and ethnicity – which is what the Law of Return expresses. It defines the state of Israel both internally, as a Jewish state, and externally, by its inclusive character for Jews worldwide. If there is an irony to be observed here, it would be that, in many respects, the Law of Return validates the diaspora instead of negating it.

New Book: Peters and Newman, eds. The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Peters, Joel and David Newman, eds. The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

 

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415778626/

9780415778626

Abstract

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent issues in world politics today. Few other issues have dominated the world’s headlines and have attracted such attention from policy makers, the academic community, political analysts, and the world’s media.

The Routledge Handbook on the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of the most contentious and protracted political issue in the Middle East. Bringing together a range of top experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and North America the Handbook tackles a range of topics including:

  • The historical background to the conflict
  • peace efforts
  • domestic politics
  • critical issues such as displacement, Jerusalem and settler movements
  • the role of outside players such as the Arab states, the US and the EU

This Handbook provides the reader with an understanding of the complexity of the issues that need to be addressed in order to resolve the conflict, and a detailed examination of the varied interests of the actors involved. In-depth analysis of the conflict is supplemented by a chronology of the conflict, key documents and a range of maps.

The contributors are all leading authorities in their field and have published extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/peace process. Many have played a leading role in various Track II initiatives accompanying the peace process.

 

Table of Contents

Part 1: Competing Nationalisms

1. The Origins of Zionism Colin Schindler

2. The Palestinian National Movement: from self-rule to statehood Ahmad Samih Khalidi

Part 2:Narratives and Key Moments

3. Competing Israeli and Palestinan Narratives Paul Scham

4. The 1948 War: The Battle over History Kirsten E. Schulze

5. The First and Second Palestinian Intifadas Rami Nasrallah

6. The Camp David Summit: a Tale of Two Narratives Joel Peters

 

Part 3: Seeking Peace

7.The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: 1967-1993 Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

8. Peace Plans: 1993-2012 Galia Golan

Part 4: Issues

9.Palestinian Refugees Rex Brynen

10. Jerusalem Michael Dumper

11. Territory and Borders David Newman

12. Water Julie Trottier

13. Terrorism Magnus Norell

14. Religion Yehezkel Landau

15. Economics Arie Arnon

16. Unilaterlaism and Separation Gerald M. Steinberg

17. Gaza Joel Peters

Part 5: Domestic Actors

18.The Palestine Liberation Organization Nigel Parsons

19. The Palestinian Authority Nigel Parsons

20. Hamas Khaled Hroub

21. Palestinian Civil Society Michael Schulz

22. Gush Emunim and the Israeli Settler Movement David Newman

23. The Israeli Peace Movements Naomi Chazan

Part 6: International Engagement

24. Palestinian Citizens of Israel Amal Jamal

25. The United States: 1948- 1993 Steven L. Spiegel

26. The United States: 1993-2010 Steven L. Spiegel

27. Russia Robert O. Freedman

28. Europe Rosemary Hollis

29. The Arab World P. R. Kumaraswamy

30. The Jewish Diaspora and the Pro-Israel Lobby Dov Waxman

Chronology Steve Lutes

ToC: Journal of Palestine Studies 43.3 (2014)

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Vol. 43, No. 3, Spring 2014

Cover
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Front Matter
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Table of Contents
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3

FROM THE EDITOR
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 5.

REFLECTION

A Tribute to Eyad al-Sarraj
Sara Roy
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 6-8.

ARTICLE

Colonialism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Teaching History in Mandate Palestine
Elizabeth Brownson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 9-25.

ESSAY

French Intellectuals and the Palestine Question
Farouk Mardam-Bey
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 26-39.

COMMENTARY: THE KERRY NEGOTIATIONS

Chronicles of a Death Foretold
Rashid I. Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 40-42.

Behind Israel’s Demand for Recognition as a Jewish State
Diana Buttu
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 42-45.

The Debate about Kerry’s Economic Initiative: Pitfalls, Benefits, and Risks
Raja Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 45-49.

Implications of the Kerry Framework: The Jordan Valley
Samia Al-Botmeh
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 49-51.

It’s Not Over until It’s Over
Mouin Rabbani
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 51-55.

SPECIAL DOCUMENT FILE

Academic Boycott of Israel: The American Studies Association Endorsement and Backlash
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 56-71.

RECENT BOOKS

Recent Book: The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge
The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge by by Ilan Pappé
Review by: Gilbert Achcar
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 72-74.

Recent Book: Communism and Zionism in Palestine during the British Mandate
Communism and Zionism in Palestine During the British Mandate by by Jacob Hen-Tov; Isaiah Friedman
Review by: Shira Robinson
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 74-75.

Recent Book: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by by Max Blumenthal
Review by: Steven Salaita
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 76-77.

Recent Book: Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement
Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture and the Youth Movement by by Sunaina Maira
Review by: Loubna Qutami
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 77-80.

Recent Book: Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 by by Jacob Norris
Review by: Max Ajl
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 80-81.

Recent Book: Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics
Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics by by Amahl Bishara
Review by: Mike Berry
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 82-83.

SELECTIONS FROM THE PRESS
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 84-103.

PHOTOS FROM THE QUARTER
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 104-109.

PALESTINE UNBOUND
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 110-117.

UPDATE ON CONFLICT AND DIPLOMACY
Ben White
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 118-139.

CONGRESSIONAL MONITOR
Paul Karolyi
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 140-185.

DOCUMENTS AND SOURCE MATERIAL
Journal of Palestine Studies Spring 2014, Vol. 43, No. 3: 186-208.

New Book: Elad, Core Issues in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

אלעד, משה. סוגיות הליבה בסכסוך הישראלי-פלסטיני. חיפה: פרדס, 2014.

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URL: www.pardes.co.il/book.asp?pID=1198

תכנית החלוקה בנובמבר 47′ סדקה את הסדקים המשמעותיים הראשונים בסכסוך שבין התנועה הלאומית הפלסטינית לבין התנועה הציונית ומדינת ישראל. בבסיסה של המחלוקת אז ניצבה אי נכונותם של הערבים להתפשר על חלוקתה של ארץ ישראל. מלחמת השחרור הישראלית בשנת 48′, והנכבה הפלסטינית שבאה בעקבותיה, בקעו בקיעים רחבים נוספים בעימות הזה כשבמרכזו ניצבו סוגיית הפליטים והרס התשתיות הערביות.
מלחמת ששת הימים 67′ והעשור הראשון של הממשל הישראלי בגדה המערבית ובמזרח ירושלים, פערו בין הצדדים תהום שכמעט איננה ניתנת לגישור. רבדיה של תהום זו פרושים על פני סוגית הפליטים לרבות אלו שנוספו בשנת 67′, סוגית מזרח–ירושלים, סוגית ההתנחלויות, וסוגית הגבולות וההסדרים.
ספר זה המבוסס על עבודת דוקטורט שעסקה בממשל הישראלי בעשור הראשון שאחרי מלחמת ששת הימים, 1976-1967, מתאר את לידתן של ארבע סוגיות הליבה תוך הארת היבטים עכשוויים ואקטואליים ותוך ציון ההשלכות המעשיות האפשריות שלהן.

ד”ר משה אלעד, מזרחן, מרצה וחוקר המתמחה בתחום המנהיגות והחברה הפלסטינית ויחסי הגומלין שלהם עם החברה הישראלית מאז העלייה הראשונה בשנת 1882. בוגר החוגים להיסטוריה של המזרח התיכון ולימודי ארץ ישראל באוניברסיטת חיפה, שם גם כתב דוקטורט על הממשל הישראלי בגדה המערבית ובמזרח ירושלים בשנים 1976-1967. כמו כן הוא בוגר תואר שני במנהל ציבורי בבית הספר ג’והן קנדי לממשל באוניברסיטת הרווארד בארצות הברית.
שימש כחוקר וכמתאם מחקרים במוסד שמואל נאמן למחקרי מדיניות לאומית בטכניון.
אלוף משנה בצה”ל, ששימש בתפקידים בכירים בגדה המערבית ובלבנון. בין יתר תפקידיו שימש כראש המנגנון לתיאום ביטחוני עם הרשות הפלסטינית במסגרת “הסכמי אוסלו” (1998-1995).

 

 

ToC: Israel Affairs 20,1 (2014)

Israel Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02 Jan 2014 is now available on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Articles
Alternative energy in Israel: opportunities and risks
Gawdat Bahgat
Pages: 1-18
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863078

The success of the Zionist strategy vis-à-vis UNSCOP
Elad Ben-Dror
Pages: 19-39
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863079

Israel: ‘occupier’ or ‘occupied’? The psycho-political projection of Christian and post-Christian supersessionism
Kalman J. Kaplan & Paul Cantz
Pages: 40-61
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863082

Misuse of power in Israeli intelligence
Ephraim Kahana & Daphna Sharfman
Pages: 62-74
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863081

The birth of the core issues: the West Bank and East Jerusalem under Israeli administration, 1967–76 (Part 2)
Moshe Elad
Pages: 75-86
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863080

One step forward or two steps back? Unilateralism and Israel’s Gaza disengagement in the eyes of the world
Geoffrey Levin
Pages: 87-103
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863084

Between private property rights and national preferences: the Bank of Israel’s early years
Arie Krampf
Pages: 104-124
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863083

Bandwagoning for profit and Turkey: alliance formations and volatility in the Middle East
Spyridon N. Litsas
Pages: 125-139
DOI: 10.1080/13537121.2013.863085