“The Invisible Occupation”

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:
“The Invisible Occupation”

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This chapter illustrates how Israel consolidated its military rule in the Occupied Territories (OT) by increasing the inhabitants' economic productivity while diminishing their political capabilities. It begins by briefly describing the coercive measures Israel employed to crush all oppositional forces, and then discusses some of the changes introduced in the education system in order to suppress both national identification and political aspirations. The chapter then describes how, alongside its efforts to quell the population's desire for emancipation, Israel encouraged economic practises that promoted Palestinian prosperity and, in this manner, hoped to normalize the occupation.

Keywords: military rule; Occupied Territories; economic productivity; coercion; opposition forces; education policy; national identification; political aspiration; Palestinians; prosperity

Chapter.  8516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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