Producing Absence and Habits of Blinding Vision

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI:
Producing Absence and Habits of Blinding Vision

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This chapter considers similarities in the ways Israelis on both sides of the Green Line produce a sense of belonging to the landscape. It considers the constructed nature of a “natural” relationship between people and territory, and how the spaces where people live also shape the people themselves. As in the previous chapter, the antagonism surrounding relationships to the land is analyzed as a desire to differentiate. This chapter considers the ways in which categories of conflict are reinscribed, highlighting differences that conceal continuities in the ways communities on both sides of the Green Line have produced relationships to the land, and the ways both have participated in producing the relative absence of Palestinians from the land.

Keywords: landscape; identity; belonging; Palestinians; Israelis

Chapter.  8516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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