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Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526123466

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526123473

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At sea: maritime Palestine displaced

At sea: maritime Palestine displaced

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Diana Allan

Manchester University Press

This chapter undertakes a critical analysis of Palestinian identity and displacement and its relationship to the sea. The author engages in an ethnographic analysis in which she challenges normative understandings of Palestinian refugees as coming from farming backgrounds (fellaheen). She shows us instead the lives of Palestinian refugees who were fishermen who were displaced to Lebanon. Her work not only illuminates to close relationship – both personal and professional – of these communities to the sea, but the complex political negotiations they have to engage in order to continue their trades and indeed stake a claim to territory through their nautical understandings. The chapter challenges the assumed identity of Palestinian refugees as being landed. It offers new ways of imagining pathways to refuge, spaces of refuge, and activities that communities undertake in exile.

Keywords:   Palestinians, Lebanon, maritime, sea, identity, refugees

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