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

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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.


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Externa organisationer
  • Sapienza University of Rome

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Kulturgeografi


Sidor (från-till) 257-267
Antal sidor11
TidskriftInternational Journal of Housing Policy
StatusPublished - 2014 jul 14
Peer review utfördJa