Displaced at Home

Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel

Edited by Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh & Isis Nusair
Foreword by Lila Abu-Lughod

Subjects: Middle East Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Women's Studies, Israel Studies
Paperback : 9781438432700, 282 pages, October 2010
Hardcover : 9781438432694, 282 pages, October 2010

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Lila Abu-Lughod


Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh and Isis Nusair

Part I. State and Ethnicity

1. Political Mobilization of Palestinians in Israel: The al-Ard Movement
Leena Dallasheh

2. A Good Arab in a Bad House? Unrecognized Villagers in the Israeli Military
Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh

3. Louder Than the Blue ID: Palestinian Hip-Hop in Israel
Amal Eqeiq

Part II. Memory and Oral History

4. Gendered Politics of Location of Three Generations of Palestinian Women in Israel
Isis Nusair

5. Counter-Memory: Palestinian Women Naming Historical Events
Fatma Kassem

6. Being a Border
Honaida Ghanim

Part III. Gendering Bodies and Space

7. The Roles of Palestinian Peasant Women: The Case of al-Birweh Village, 1930–1960
Lena Meari

8. Politics of Loyalty: Women’s Voting Patterns in Municipal Elections
Taghreed Yahia-Younis

9. The Sexual Politics of Palestinian Women in Israel
Manal Shalabi

Part IV. Migrations

10. Palestinian Predicaments: Jewish Immigration and Refugee Repatriation
Areej Sabbagh-Khoury

11. Women’s Masked Migration: Palestinian Women Explain Their Move upon Marriage
Lilian Abou-Tabickh

12. Emigration Patterns among Palestinian Women in Israel
Ibtisam Ibrahim

Works Cited
About the Contributors

Groundbreaking essays by Palestinian women scholars on the lives of Palestinians within the state of Israel.


Most media coverage and research on the experience of Palestinians focuses on those living in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, while the sizable minority of Palestinians living within Israel rarely garners significant academic or media attention. Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived realities of Palestinians within the state of Israel, Palestinians in Israel Revisited gathers a group of Palestinian women scholars who present unflinching critiques of the complexities and challenges inherent in the lives of this understudied but important minority within Israel. The essays here engage topics ranging from internal refugees and historical memory to women's sexuality and the resistant possibilities of hip hop culture among young Palestinians. Unique in the collection is sustained attention to gender concerns, which have tended to be subordinated to questions of nationalism, statehood, and citizenship. The first collection of its kind in English, Palestinians in Israel Revisited presents on-the-ground examples of the changing political, social and economic conditions of Palestinians in Israel, and examines how global, national, and local concerns intersect and shape their daily lives.

Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh has taught anthropology and gender studies at New York University and American University. She is the author of Birthing the Nation: Strategies of Palestinian Women in Israel and Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military. Isis Nusair is Assistant Professor of International Studies and Women's Studies at Denison University.


"…the volume is distinctive in bringing together the historical and the contemporary, the dramatic and the mundane … In their combination of empirical innovation and theoretical sophistication, these chapters … and the volume as a whole, make an important contribution to the academic scholarship of and about the Palestinians" — Review of Middle East Studies

"By intertwining the themes of ethnicity and gender, Displaced at Home breaks new ground, presenting a counter narrative to studies that posit the Palestinian citizens of Israel only as manipulated and victimised, as well as to Palestinian nationalist histories which present society as monolithic … The fact that all twelve contributors … are Palestinian women, citizens of Israel, gives their research an immediacy and authenticity that make the book engrossing as well as highly informative. " — Jordan Times

"Informative, insightful, and thought-provoking. " — Mary N. Layoun, author of Wedded to the Land? Gender, Boundaries, and Nationalism in Crisis

"This groundbreaking book helps to fill a huge gap in research on Palestinians in Israel. " — Amal Amireh, author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction