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Shifting realities: dislocating Palestinian Jerusalemites from the capital to the edge

Alkhalili, Noura LU ; Dajani, Muna and De Leo, Daniela (2014) In International Journal of Housing Policy 14(3). p.257-267
Abstract
Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city’ was an expression of a new politics of citizenship,
residency and above all the right to urban life. We thus build our argument in
this paper on the Lefebvre concept and through the case study of Kufr Aqab, the
northernmost neighbourhood of the occupied city of Jerusalem. In order to
systematically displace Palestinian Jerusalemites and to achieve the Judaisation
of Jerusalem, the right to urban life and any sort of ‘right to the city’ have been
completely denied. In fact, through the spatialdemographic policies practised
by Israeli authorities, Kufr Aqab has been aggressively excluded from the central
area of Jerusalem (by the separation wall and the military border crossing)... (More)
Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city’ was an expression of a new politics of citizenship,
residency and above all the right to urban life. We thus build our argument in
this paper on the Lefebvre concept and through the case study of Kufr Aqab, the
northernmost neighbourhood of the occupied city of Jerusalem. In order to
systematically displace Palestinian Jerusalemites and to achieve the Judaisation
of Jerusalem, the right to urban life and any sort of ‘right to the city’ have been
completely denied. In fact, through the spatialdemographic policies practised
by Israeli authorities, Kufr Aqab has been aggressively excluded from the central
area of Jerusalem (by the separation wall and the military border crossing) and
progressively ethnically segregated. Kufr Aqab is highly populated by displaced
Palestinian Jerusalemites since it is the only alternative that allows them to
maintain their Jerusalem residency and their few civic rights. Ongoing
unregulated urban development and deliberate informality has rendered Kufr
Aqab a space of legal and civic exceptions and an insecure environment
suspended within a notion of ‘permanent temporariness’. This case study poses
important questions to the relevance of Lefebvrian concepts, even if the ‘point of
departure of this urban problematic’ is not industrialisation but the Israeli
occupation, and the ‘critical point’ is not within a western context. (Less)
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right to the city; Jerusalem; Kufr Aqab; Israeli occupation; displacement; residual spaces
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International Journal of Housing Policy
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  abstract     = {Lefebvre’s ‘right to the city’ was an expression of a new politics of citizenship,<br/>residency and above all the right to urban life. We thus build our argument in<br/>this paper on the Lefebvre concept and through the case study of Kufr Aqab, the<br/>northernmost neighbourhood of the occupied city of Jerusalem. In order to<br/>systematically displace Palestinian Jerusalemites and to achieve the Judaisation<br/>of Jerusalem, the right to urban life and any sort of ‘right to the city’ have been<br/>completely denied. In fact, through the spatialdemographic policies practised<br/>by Israeli authorities, Kufr Aqab has been aggressively excluded from the central<br/>area of Jerusalem (by the separation wall and the military border crossing) and<br/>progressively ethnically segregated. Kufr Aqab is highly populated by displaced<br/>Palestinian Jerusalemites since it is the only alternative that allows them to<br/>maintain their Jerusalem residency and their few civic rights. Ongoing<br/>unregulated urban development and deliberate informality has rendered Kufr<br/>Aqab a space of legal and civic exceptions and an insecure environment<br/>suspended within a notion of ‘permanent temporariness’. This case study poses<br/>important questions to the relevance of Lefebvrian concepts, even if the ‘point of<br/>departure of this urban problematic’ is not industrialisation but the Israeli<br/>occupation, and the ‘critical point’ is not within a western context.},
  author       = {Alkhalili, Noura and Dajani, Muna and De Leo, Daniela},
  issn         = {1949-1247},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {257--267},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Housing Policy},
  title        = {Shifting realities: dislocating Palestinian Jerusalemites from the capital to the edge},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2014},
}