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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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(p.187) Conclusion
Occupied Lives

Nina Gren

American University in Cairo Press

The last chapter of the book summarizes the text, reviews the links between resilience and resistance, and draws some conclusions about the existential and political dilemmas of life in Dheisheh. How could the camp inhabitants keep their integrity when constantly feeling invaded? The temporariness of prolonged refugee-ness also evoked problems when it came to political agency and steadfastness (sumud). The conclusion is that when we try to understand the Palestinian predicament, we need to take into account both the existential and political dimensions. In this context, politics is not ‘just’ about peace negotiations between political leaders, death tolls and destroyed infrastructure, the repatriation of refugees, or human rights abuses—it is about existence itself.

Keywords:   Resilience, Resistance, Dilemmas, Integrity, Temporariness, Political agency, Sumud, Existence

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