Palestinian Refugees and Humanitarian Assistance

Oct 10 2018


Middle East Institute, 2nd Floor
1319 18th St NW,
Washington, DC 20036


The Trump administration’s recent cuts to UNRWA have shone a spotlight on the plight of Palestinian refugees, many of whom have lived in temporary camps since the establishment of Israel in 1948. A new book from anthropologist Ilana Feldman, Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics, examines the experiences of Palestinian refugees in many spaces and across multiple generations, who have lived with humanitarian assistance. Joining Feldman to discuss the role of humanitarian assistance in the Palestinian refugee question will be Zena Agha, a Policy Fellow with Al-Shabaka: the Palestinian Policy Network.


Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research has focused on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.

Zena Agha is Al-Shabaka’s US Policy Fellow. Her areas of expertise include Israeli settlement-building in the occupied Palestinian territory with a special focus on Jerusalem, modern Middle Eastern history, and spatial practices.