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Political Subjects, Legal Objects: Defendants

Lisa Hajjar

in Courting Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241930
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0008
Political Subjects, Legal Objects: Defendants

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This chapter turns to Palestinians who are prosecuted and defended in the military court system. It specifically considers the carceral nature of government in the West Bank and Gaza as it affects and is perceived by Palestinians who are prosecuted in the military court system. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the root of structural violence and social suffering in the West Bank and Gaza. The institutionally passive role of the defendant begins to take shape from the point after the interrogation is finished. Arrest and interrogation are two complementary and coordinated means for a state to exercise its law enforcement powers. Prison release poses another set of problems as ex-prisoners reintegrate with their families and society. Carceralism is premised on presumptions of Palestinian criminality and guilt.

Keywords: defendants; military court system; West Bank; Gaza; carceralism; Palestinian criminality; guilt; Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Chapter.  13534 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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