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Ruba Salih


Academic Freedom, Ethics, and Responsibility: The Silencing and Censoring of Palestine in Western Liberal Academia

A few months ago a story was published on the Yedioth Hakkibutz magazine. The first page of the magazine headlined: “We have expelled, bombed, and killed” and recalled an interview with Mr. Kahanovich, a former combatant in the paramilitary underground terrorist unit Palmach. The interview contained Mr. Kahanovich’s confession about his role and participation in the expulsion and killing of Palestinian civilians during 1948. A few months before, Kahanovich was interviewed as ...

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Reconciling Return and Rights: Palestinian Refugees and the Emergence of a "Political Society"

[Portion of mural in Aida Refugee Camp. Image by Alan Mayers via Flickr]

Analyses and debates on the reconfiguration of rights, democracy, social justice, and dignity in the Arab region suffer from a chronic methodological nationalism—which perpetuates the idea that people seek and fight for rights and self-determination solely in their national state and territory, seen as the natural context for achieving a full social and political personhood. When refugees and displaced persons (short or long terms alike) are discussed, they appear by and ...

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Ruba Salih


Ruba Salih is a social anthropologist and is reader at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her recent research focuses on Palestinian refugees and the political cultures of exile.