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Title: Reflections on the meaning of 'resilience' in the Palestinian context
Authors: Giacaman, Rita 
Keywords: Mental health - Palestine;Public health - Political aspects - Palestine;War victims - Mental health - Palestine;Resilience (Personality trait) - Palestinians
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Journal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Abstract: This re ective piece offers an alternative perspective to understanding the components which support the Palestinian capacity to endure and resist 100 years of violation and injustice, in context. It traces the development of the author’s understanding over time as part of the Palestinian community living under Israeli military rule in chronic warlike conditions. It combines this lived experience with research results which raise question about what resilience means, the dif􀀀culties encountered in its measurement, and the utility of the concept in explaining the Palestinian reality. It emphasizes the need to include the contextual experiences of those who live in wars and con icts in future research and for knowledge production. It ends by stressing that it is not suf􀀀cient to offer humanitarian aid to the victims of wars and con icts without also advocating for justice not only for Palestinians but also in other contexts of injustice worldwide.
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa037
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