Focusing on th e particularly volatile period between the Israel-Hezbollah war (July–August 2006) and the prolonged struggle over Nahr al-Bared refugee camp (March–October 2007), this article outlines and historicizes the complex and altering landscape of discursive constructions of the Palestinian refugee presence in Lebanon. Examining some of the more prominent discursive strands that emerge in relation to Palestinian refugee presence in Lebanon, the article argues that although the recent problematization of Hezbollah initially dwarfed the Palestinian “problem,” Palestinian presence in Lebanon was quickly reproblematized in the context of the protracted struggle over Nahr al-Bared and the increasing instability in and around Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp. Yet while past discursive strands have reemerged, a discursive shift is also apparent, tending in the direction of the establishment of a more conciliatory relationship between Palestinian refugees and the Lebanese state and the latter’s interest in a partial regularization of Palestinian refugee presence.
Discursive Constructions of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: From the Israel-Hezbollah War to the Struggle Over Nahr Al-Bared
Agnes Czajka; Discursive Constructions of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: From the Israel-Hezbollah War to the Struggle Over Nahr Al-Bared. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 May 2012; 32 (1): 238–254. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-1545481
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