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Rhoda Kanaaneh


Nakba Walks

[Image by Fred Csasznik,

I remember when my first daughter, then just six years old, accompanied me and a group of family and friends during one of our summer visits for a short hike in the hills surrounding my home village of Arrabeh in Israel.  A high barbed-wire fence that encircled the Jewish settlement of Hararit soon interrupted out path.  Perched upon her grandfather's shoulders, my daughter asked about the obstruction we had to circumnavigate. I remember her astonishment when I ...

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Rhoda Kanaaneh


Rhoda Kanaaneh received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia in 1998. She has taught anthropology and gender and sexuality studies at New York University and American University in Washington, DC. She is currently teaching the Anthropology of Palestine at Columbia University. She has held various fellowships at Harvard, the European University Institute, and Columbia. In addition to co-editing Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gener Among Palestinians in Israel, Rhoda is the author of the award winning book Birthing the Nation: Strategies of Palestinian Women in Israel (University of California Press, 2002) and Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military (Stanford University Press, 2009).