Coffins on Our Shoulders
The Experience of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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The idea to write this book came up before the rift that opened betweenIsrael and the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and inside Israel inbelieved that the arena it describes could deteriorate so quickly and turninto the dangerously bleeding wound that it has become in recent years.required in our case the spanning of interpersonal, cross-gender, cross-...
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Mar Elias College in the village of halfringleftsuperscriptIblin is a church-run high school serv-ing Palestinians—Muslims, Christian, and Druze—from western Galileeand beyond.1 In late June 2000 some fourteen hundred youths, teachers,clerics, proud parents, and other family relations packed the main audi-torium for the annual graduation ceremony. As they took their seats, the...
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...halfringleftsuperscriptAarif Abu-Shamla was born in 1903 to a well-to-do rural family inYahalfringleftsuperscriptabad, a village near Jenin in the West Bank.1 An only son to his par-ents, he nevertheless left home at the age of eighteen and headed forthe rapidly developing coastal town of Haifa.2 He was not alone there.Other members of his extended family from Yahalfringleftsuperscriptabad and other villages...
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The Abu-Shamlas reached Acre as part of a continuous stream of dis-placed Palestinians the day it was captured by the Israeli forces. Themen were rounded up and arrested. halfringleftsuperscriptAarif and his son Mohammad,who at thirteen looked older than his age, were no exception. For threelong months Maryam turned up every morning at the police headquar-...
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...this verse are Palestinians born after al-Nakbah (the catastrophe) of 1948.The painful poem is a reminder of the dreadful reality that befell theirnation following that war. Having lost control of their territorial assetsand livelihoods, the Palestinians were now in danger of having their her-Palestinians who were born as citizens of Israel in the 1950s. These chil-...
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The eruption in late September 2000 of Intifadat al-Aqsa was an event ofhistoric proportion. Unlike the outbreak of the first intifada in December1987, which came on the backdrop of a prolonged stalemate, Intifadat al-Aqsa was a reaction to concrete initiatives and processes. Essentially, itwas the Palestinian response to the fundamental flaws of the political...
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In March 2000 a panel of Supreme Court judges headed by Chief JusticeAharon Barak delivered a precedent-setting ruling. The case in pointinvolved a young Palestinian family named Qahalfringleftsuperscriptdan. The family, a coupleand their three young children, applied in 1995 to buy a plot of land andbuild their home in Katzir, a suburban settlement established by the Jew-...
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The debate regarding Palestinian citizens no longer involves politicalextremes. It takes place in the mainstream, invoking concepts and config-urations that often confuse and conflate the Zionist “left” and “right.”Moderate right-wingers in Israel are sometimes more committed to lib-eral policies than are the Zionist left, the latter’s image as the voice of rea-...
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About the Authors
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...dan rabinowitz, ph.d., an anthropologist, is a Senior Lecturer at the Depart-ment of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University and a regular con-tributor to the op-ed page of Haaretz on politics, environmental issues, and soci-ety in Israel and the Middle East. Born in Haifa, he was educated in London andCambridge. His books include 12 Families in Israel (Hakibbutz Hameukhad,...
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Publication Year: 2005