The public and private in Palestinian camps have no legal, social or political meaning. Nether private nor public property exists in camps. However, the history of displacement and the destroyed villages are what we share in *common. And the camp is our common, neither public nor private. Over the past sixty-four years of displacements, due to the exceptional nature of the political condition, a new emerging culture has emerged.
In our contribution to the Collective Dictionary, we intend to look at the camp community’s strengths and sources of power by investigating, documenting and building on the most effective and significant cases of commons. And as participants of Campus in Camp, together with the community, we aim to articulate both the present and future in order to re-generate a way of life that values what we share, what we have in common and the way we represent ourselves.