Throughout the last fifty years especially since 1967, there has been a slow but gradual and systematic process of displacement through various Israeli government policies and regulations, forcing Palestinians to leave Jerusalem. This work attempts to investigate migration trends and refugee modes of behavior that have emerged as a result of the various policies implemented against Jerusalem ID holders. Two locales have been chosen as case studies for this work; Ar Ram commercial and residential town and the Shufat refugee camp.' With the erection of the separation

wall/ barrier/ fence, both of these sites have either been partially or entirely isolated from Jerusalem. Since the 1993 Oslo Accords and the subsequent closure policies separating Jerusalem from the West Bank, Jerusalemites have faced a serious threat of losing their residency rights in Jerusalem. As a result, migration trends in and out of these locales have been largely determined by the attempt of Jerusalemites to retain their right of residency in Jerusalem, especially after the introduction of the Center of Life policy in 1996. Although the 1948 and 1967 wars created two major waves of Palestinian refugees, the new processes of displacement since 1967 have created dangerous implications for the city of Jerusalem. Inhabitants of Ar Ram commercial town and the Shufat refugee camp still bear the history of these two moments of displacement. In addition to those memories of displacement, the inhabitants of these locales have experienced a continuous series of refugee experiences. Urban and municipal policies employed by the Israeli authorities have been aimed at decreasing the number of Palestinians living in Jerusalem. The aim of this work is to interrogate the different migration trends that occur in the city of Jerusalem and to unravel the complexity in the perception of the Jerusalemite refugee experience. My research required an interdisciplinary approach and a flexibility to move across disciplines. Although this work combines urban studies with refugee theory and anthropological research, the research emerges with a space of its own.


Middle East Studies Center

Degree Name

MA in Middle East Studies

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Martina Rieker

Committee Member 1

Martina Rieker

Committee Member 2

Sharif ElMosa

Committee Member 3

Fateh Azzam

Document Type



124 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Refugees, Palestinian Arab.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 3

Greene, Graham,;Greene, Graham,;Greene, Graham,


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Call Number

Thesis 2005/55