Conclusion: <i>The Second</i> Intifada <i>and the Global “War on Terror”</i>

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:
Conclusion: The Second Intifada and the Global “War on Terror”

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This chapter reflects on the ramifications of the second intifada (which began in 2000) on law and conflict in Israel/Palestine and the influence of this conflict on U.S. government's global “war on terror.” The roots of the second intifada are entwined in the military court system, which has been a central setting for the conflict. However, the second intifada does mark a change in Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, notably the expansion from a predominantly “law enforcement model” to a “war model.” It is the global strength and stature of the United States as the lone superpower that make the models drawn from Israel/Palestine globally significant. The complexities and contradictions of laws in Israel/Palestine generate ideas about rights that are contradictory and, some might argue, irreconcilable. Law will not solve the conflict, but it matters to understand the conflict as a force and feature of life.

Keywords: second intifada; war on terror; U.S. government; military court system; West Bank; Gaza; law enforcement model

Chapter.  5845 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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