My Home is Over Jordan: River as Border in Israeli and Palestinian National Mythology

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Abstract:

'From the River to the Sea' rings the refrain that defines the terrain of desire for Zionist and Palestinian national movements and promises both circumscription and distinction. Since the Mediterranean operates as a different sort of frontier, the Jordan River figures as the border where both Palestinian and Israeli identities are constructed, contested and mythologised. In national myth, the Jordan is a site of beginning and transition where collective character undergoes transformation through changing modes of encountering the enemy. This article surveys Israeli and Palestinian Jordan narratives and the synecdochic process through which the River comes to signify the nation.

Keywords: Borders/Borderlands; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Jordan River; Migration; National Mythology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940701333720

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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