Beyond Statelessness: 'Unchilding' and the Health of Palestinian Children in Jerusalem

  • Osama Tanous FXB Centre, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Bram Wispelwey Harvard Medical School
  • Rania Muhareb The Irish Centre for Human Rights
Keywords: Israel, Palestine, East Jerusalem, Health, Paediatrics, conflict, war, children


Understanding the key determinants of health of Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem is enhanced by analyzing Jerusalem as a settler colonial frontier. Structural racism, prolonged occupation, and settler colonialism shape the social and political determinants of health in Jerusalem, generating ill health and insecurity for Palestinian children who are rendered stateless in their own city. They are “unchilded” and, in fact, treated like enemies of the settler state. Colonial violence penetrates their family stability, homes, classrooms, and targets their bodies and health. In providing a thorough analysis of the lived experience of indigenous Palestinian children in Jerusalem, a broadened understanding of the effects of statelessness on their health can begin to take shape.

How to Cite
Tanous, O., Wispelwey, B., & Muhareb, R. (2022). Beyond Statelessness: ’Unchilding’ and the Health of Palestinian Children in Jerusalem. The Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 4(1), 88-112. Retrieved from