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Resource: Surveying Palestinian identity in the homeland and diaspora

A new survey by the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, a non-profit organization that works to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees, attempts to understand how youth of Palestinian heritage (third or fourth generation of displaced Palestinians) identify with their ancestry. BADIL conducted a survey focusing on identity and social ties among Palestinian youth residing in Mandate Palestine (West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Israel), Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

The results reveal that between 55 to 70 percent of the respondents in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon regard themselves as Palestinians; 45 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel regard themselves as Palestinians and only 12 percent as ‘Israeli-Arabs’; a majority of majority of Palestinian respondents from all seven geographical areas expressed the opinion that it is either “important” or “very important” to establish and foster social ties with other Palestinian communities.

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    1. The Trespasser

      A unique phenomenon that is.

      No other diasporas ever needed any kind of identity assessment.

      Maybe that is due to the fact that until 1960’s there were no “Palestinian People” as such?

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    2. Eilon

      A sunni moslem arab living in a sunni moslem arab country invents a new “p” peoplehood. This identity represents a dead end. There is no fakestine for these deluded individuals go to. They must stay in the Arab countries and assimilate into them.

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