This post follows from this one here called What’s in a Name? The bare life of Palestinian Refugees. I suggest you read that before starting this one if you already haven’t!
The politicization of bare life, as Agamben calls it, is where the actual humanity of the living being is decided. The realm of bare life, originally found at the margins of political order, now coincides with the political realm. This is nowhere truer than in the case of these people who find themselves in UNRWA camps. Agamben follows Arendt’s steps when he talks about how the concentration camps were the laboratories in the total domination of the human form. In a similar light, even though obviously in a very different way and with opposite intents, the refugee camp can be seen as a more modern expression of the same thing.