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Occupied LivesMaintaining Integrity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank$
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Nina Gren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166952

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166952.001.0001

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Reconstituting a Moral Order

Reconstituting a Moral Order

(p.147) 4 Reconstituting a Moral Order
Occupied Lives

Nina Gren

American University in Cairo Press

Chapter 4 concerns the reestablishment of a moral order in a refugee camp continuously shaken since the Nakba. No longer Intifada activists, the camp residents focused on being morally upright in other ways. The main argument is that the political and economic crisis the refugees found themselves in was interpreted as a moral crisis that also demanded moral responses. They carefully watched their own and others’ conduct so as to maintain the boundaries of their community and their own moral superiority. Palestinian collaborators and the ambiguous martyr operations/suicide bombings were especially challenging for the community.

Keywords:   Moral order, Nakba, Camp residents, Moral crisis, Boundaries, Moral superiority, Collaborators, Martyr operations, Suicide bombings

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