Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security Lifestyle of resistance: Palestinian Sumud in Israel as a form of transformative resistance

Nijmeh Ali
2018 Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security   unpublished
Sumud, the concept most frequently employed to describe the daily reality experienced by Palestinians in Israel, translates as steadfastness and refers to a form of infrapolitics or everyday resistance. It describes a stubborn insistence on continuing with life despite all obstacles, but it can also suggest that resistance involves reactive actions carried out by weak people. "Everyday resistance" can also encompass a lifestyle in which resistance is understood as both a "value" and a
more » ... ", one in which opposition is focused, not just on Israeli power structures, but also on the internal Palestinian power structures that affect Arab society in Israel. This article investigates how this expanded definition contributes to an understanding of both Palestinian behaviour in Israel and the internal and external challenges Palestinians face in their struggle for freedom, equality, and change within Israel and Palestinian society more generally. The paper contributes to the exploration both of the challenges young Palestinians face in Israel and the potential role of resistance in constructing transformative processes.