The Palestinian Right of Return Movement (RoRM) emerged among diaspora refugee communities following the Oslo accords and the perceived threat to the right of return. This article focuses on the RoRM in Syria in the context of the community's history and unique civil rights there. Based on extensive interviews in the Damascus area, it provides an overview of the heterogeneous movement, which, while requiring state approval, operates in an autonomous civil society sphere. RoRM activists translate visions of the return formulated in the Palestinian national arena into local community practices that mobilize memories of Palestine as resources (through oral history, village commemorations, etc.) with the aim of ensuring a future return by the new generation of refugees.
The Right of Return Movement in Syria: Building a Culture of Return, Mobilizing Memories for the Return
Anaheed Al-Hardan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Germany. Research for this article was made possible by a Palestinian American Research Center Doctoral Fellowship, a Trinity Trust Travel Grant Award, and a Trinity College Postgraduate Research Studentship.
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Anaheed Al-Hardan; The Right of Return Movement in Syria: Building a Culture of Return, Mobilizing Memories for the Return. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 January 2012; 41 (2): 62–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2012.XLI.2.62
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