The Impact of Home Demolition Policies on Palestinian Families (May 2012)

To commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Nakba in May 2012, the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel hosted a round-table discussion on: “The Impact of Home Demolition Policies on Palestinian Families.” To open the discussion, Program Director Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian greeted the Abu Nadim family, a Jerusalemite family who shared the personal suffering caused to them by the four-time demolition of their home. Ms. Sana Khaishaboun (a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Social Work at Hebrew University) then spoke about the psychological and practical impacts of home demolition policies on Palestinian families in Jerusalem. Finally, Mr. Layth Jayousi (an MA candidate at the Department of Social Work at Hebrew University) spoke about the psychological and social effects of home demolitions on young men and women in the unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab.