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Lauren Banko


المواطنة و"دولة فلسطين" الجديدة

في محاولته الثانية للحصول على اعتراف الأمم المتحدة بفلسطين كدولة، طلب رئيس السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية، محمود عباس، في التاسع والعشرين من تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر)، 2012 من الجمعية العامة أن تقبل طلب منح فلسطين صفة دولة مراقب غير عضو، وقد وافقت أغلبية ساحقة من الدول الأعضاء بلغ عددها 138 دولة على الطلب. في الوقت الحاضر، فإن تأثير هذا التصويت يعد رمزياً إلى حد كبير، ولكنه يعني بالفعل أن "فلسطين" هي الأراضي الفلسطينية التي احتلتها إسرائيل عام 1967. والآن، وعوضاً عن معنى ...

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Citizenship and the New “State of Palestine”

[Close-up of placard for Palestinian seat at the United Nations. Image by Jeff Kubina.]

In his second attempt to obtain United Nations recognition of Palestine as a state, on 29 November 2012 Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas requested the General Assembly to accept the bid for non-member observer state status. An overwhelming majority of countries—138 of them—voted yes. The vote’s implications are largely symbolic for the time being, but it does mean that “Palestine” signifies the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967.  Now, ...

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The Invention of the Palestinian

[Palestine currency under the British mandate, 1939. Image from]

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire … I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it's tragic.” (Newt Gingrich, 7 December 2011) “The Palestinian is not a profession or a slogan. He, in ...

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Lauren Banko


Lauren E. Banko is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the Department of History . Her research focuses on the Arab Middle East and specifically on Palestine and the creation of citizenship and nationality, and popular politics under the British Mandate. She spent much of 2011 in the West Bank conducting archival research there and in Jerusalem.