By Julianne Weinzimmer
Weinzimmer examines quite a few ways in which place of birth clash impacts the diasporic identities of first and moment new release Jewish Israeli american citizens and Palestinian americans. Her paintings builds upon primary tenets of clash conception, collective reminiscence and transnationalism literature, and narrative methodologies. Perceptions of place of birth clash are analyzed from a number of assets: earlier reviews; kin tales; group-level bills; media assurance; and native land contacts. place of birth clash proves to be a constitutive component of identification for either generations inside of each one team, with modifications saw not just by way of generational prestige but in addition in response to the character of every group's stories in either the place of birth and the host state.
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One thing about that, if you’re going to be dead, you’re going to be dead no matter where you are. It’s a part of life. “Zev” has lived in Spain, France, Israel, and is attending college in the United States. ” He later added, “I feel worse living in 44 Homeland Conflict and Identity Paris than in Israel. In Israel I know that I’m being protected by someone…”1 Leah, another second generation Israeli American, made a similar statement about daily life and conflict there: For example, the Arab-Israeli conflict, I guess that could be a barrier to going to visit, but we’re going anyways and my parents have gone when things were more active than they are now, and it’s kind of like, your life must go on.
SECOND GENERATION PALESTINIAN AMERICANS Thirty-seven year old “Ahmed” was raised in Jordan and moved to America twelve years ago. He owns two restaurants with his brothers. Like some of the first generation Palestinian Americans, he refutes the notion that Jews and Arabs have always been fighting, and thinks these stories only work to perpetuate the conflict and dampen hope for its cessation: Interviewer: Do you think there’s any connection between your opinions and reactions to the conflict and the history of your people?
Like Ahmed, he finds it hard to accept how the Jews had an even worse experience in Europe, and now are doing to the Palestinians what was done to them. ” “Naimah” is presently in college after spending most of her youth in Kuwait. She confessed that her views are not yet clearly defined, as she is only nineteen and does not yet know have a well-established sense of identity. When asked about her ethnic identity she said: …well, I mean, when I think about who I am, I don’t even have an answer. I don’t even know am I Palestinian, am I American?