Chapter

Introduction

Neve Gordon

in Israel's Occupation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255302.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter offers a historical overview of the occupation that draws attention to the way in which the Palestinian inhabitants have been managed. In so doing, it exposes how Israel's means of control have actually helped to mold the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thus, Israel's Occupation fills a lacuna in the existing literature not only because it offers an overview of the occupation, but also because it is the first attempt to make sense of Israel's policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by means of a detailed analysis of the controlling apparatuses and practices. Finally, an interrogation of this kind is advantageous because it helps us see beyond the smoke screen of political proclamations and statements, and sheds new light on the way power, people, and place have been shaped in this bitter, ongoing conflict. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: occupation; Palestinians; Israeli-Palestinian conflict; West Bank; Gaza Strip; occupied territories; control

Chapter.  9132 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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