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Life Lived in ReliefHumanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics$
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Ilana Feldman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520299627

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520299627.001.0001

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Non-humanitarian Futures?

Non-humanitarian Futures?

(p.192) Seven Non-humanitarian Futures?
Life Lived in Relief

Ilana Feldman

University of California Press

This chapter looks at how, in different moments, facing different challenges, Palestinians have engaged and worked toward non-humanitarian futures. These engagements are another dimension of the politics of living in humanitarianism. And like all such politics, they both make creative use of humanitarian tools and encounter the limits of this framework. The chapter focuses on two instances. The first is the revolutionary humanitarianism of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), specifically the Palestine Red Crescent Society and Samed, the Palestine Martyr’s Society, which focused on development. These institutions argued that humanitarianism could support national politics. The second is an experimental project called Campus in Camps in Dheisheh camp. Campus in Camps works at the intersection of aspiration and refusal, trying to reinvigorate the camp as a site of political invention.

Keywords:   future, revolutionary humanitarianism, experimentation, aspiration, camp, political invention, PLO

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