Tent of Nations 2019 [5]: Reframing Trauma and Resilience

[I’ll be introducing in this blog the definition of community psychology in the context of this project, beginning with Western biomedical perspectives and moving towards the nuance required to talk about psychology in the context of Palestine.  Please enjoy!]

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Tent of Nations 2019 [2]: Research Goals and Interests (June 7)

[to see my bibliography, please go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1La6vZm8vfqfxbtBhwB3xcz0uM53QZ6bFRMzqxL199iQ/edit?usp=sharing]

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Tent of Nations 2019: Where it Began

I want to preface my blog posts with a reason why I am publishing them all now, because it is an important part to understanding the travels and research and how I approached my travel. In July, I traveled to the West Bank to stay with a Palestinian farmer and his family, along with fourteen international volunteers. Together we ran a summer camp for Palestinian children in the Bethlehem area at the farm called Tent of Nations. If I were to have “publicly” discussed my travel plans, due to an Israeli law passed in the Knesset in 2017, I could potentially be stopped, questioned, and turned away from entrance into the country, disallowing me to do the research I had hoped to. While I did not publicly support BDS and while Tent of Nations does not publicly support BDS, overstepping Israeli law is not uncommon for Israeli authorities, so I decided not to take my chances. I can tell you that I was deemed the highest security risk and was thoroughly searched and questioned while leaving from the airport in Tel Aviv on the 29th–more on that in a later post, though. I’ve been journaling throughout the experience and I am excited to share what I’ve learned and seen, and which directions I want this project to go.

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