Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan: The Catastrophes of Today and the Catastrophe of 1948 in Syria



Below we are pleased to link to an essay from Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan, author of the new book Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities, taken from the Columbia University Press website. Dr. Al-Hardan launched her book at an event sponsored by Academics for Palestine in association with the Department of Sociology in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday 20th October 2016.

You can buy copies of the book here (Colombia University Press) and here (Amazon).

audioLISTEN: While she was in Ireland, Dr. Al-Hardan was also interviewed on Dublin South FM. You can listen to the full interview by clicking here (audio courtesy of DSFM).


The Catastrophes of Today and the Catastrophe of 1948 in Syria

Yarmouk Camp in Damascus is today unrecognizable even to those who knew the camp’s every alleyway and corner. The rubble, the ruins of bombed buildings, tired and hungry people, and haunted alleyways and streets are the painful remains of a shattered community. Yarmouk is not the only Palestinian locality in Syria, of course, but it was in many ways the Palestinians’ social, cultural, political, and even symbolic heart. It has therefore become emblematic of the catastrophe of the Palestinians in Syria whose communities may neither survive nor heal.