Being citizens of the City of Gaza: the resettlement of the Al-Shati Refugee Camp at Sheikh Radwan, 1967-1982

Fatina Abreek-Zubiedat, Alona Nitzan-Shiftan

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Abstract

This article examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the prism of urban citizenship. It focuses on the Israeli attempt to reshape urban citizenship in Gaza by planning and constructing Sheikh Radwan, a residential neighborhood designated as a permanent quarter for the refugees inhabiting the nearby Al-Shati camp. Although Gaza’s local residents, like the refugees, were deprived of national citizenship rights, they retained the privileges and rights of urban citizenship. The economic development and modernization plan that Israel implemented in the Gaza Strip after its occupation in 1967 disrupted this differentiation between refugee and resident. Israeli programs promoted, perhaps, refugees’ demands to the city, but when urban equality was promoted by the deporter, it provoked a contradiction between the Right to the City and the Palestinian Right of Return. This top-down enactment of civic right turns into a measure of control that perplexes some of the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of urban citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1046
Number of pages17
JournalCitizenship Studies
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Citizenship
  • Gaza
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Refugees
  • Urban Planning
  • development

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