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Thinking Palestine

Thinking Palestine

Ilan Pappé | Doctor Laleh Khalili | Sari Hanafi | Doctor Ghada Karmi | David Landy | Anaheed Al-Hardan | Conor McCarthy | Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya | Raef Zreik | Alina Korn | Saleem Sayeed | Ronit Lentin | Honaida Ghanim


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This book brings together an inter-disciplinary group of Palestinian, Israeli, American, British and Irish scholars who theorise 'the question of Palestine'. Critically committed to supporting the Palestinian quest for self determination, they present new theoretical ways of thinking about Palestine. These include the 'Palestinization' of ethnic and racial conflicts, the theorization of Palestine as camp, ghetto and prison, the tourist/activist gaze, the role of gendered resistance, the centrality of the memory of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) to the contemporary understanding of the conflict, and the historic roots of the contemporary discourse on Palestine. The book offers a novel examination of how the Palestinian experience of being governed under what Giorgio Agamben names a 'state of exception' may be theorised as paradigmatic for new forms of global governance. An indispensable read for any serious scholar.
'The book should be read closely by serious pro-Palestinian activists wishing to sharpen their conceptual tools in the ceaseless battle against Zionist propaganda.' Electronic Intifada, August 2008 'This book presents us with sharp critical thinking about everything from the applicability of Agamben's concept of the "state of exception" or Foucault's theory of modern "biopower" to Israel's control over Palestinians in prisons, camps, and ghettoes, to the specific dynamics of racialization, colonial violence against, and appropriation of Palestinians, even by the well-meaning. Both theorizing and chronicling the varied forms of Israeli power, these provocative essays are grounded in details that can still shock.' Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University 'This timely volume provides a fresh epistemological framework to think Palestine in the context of the Israeli colonial occupation of its territories as well as of its dispersed populations. It shifts the center of gravity from the temporal dimension of 'state of exception' to its spatial as well as its racializing features. The book makes an important critical contribution to political theory and deserves to be read by anyone concerned with the question of Palestine.' Yehouda Shenhav, Tel-Aviv University
Dr Ronit Lentin, senior lecturer in Sociology, is the director of the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the coordinator of the Global Networks project at the Institute of International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She has published numerous articles on racism and immigration in Ireland, gender, the Holocaust, and Israel-Palestine. Her books include Conversations with Palestinian Women (1982), Gender and Catastrophe (1997), Israel and the Daughters of the Shoah: Reoccupying the Territories of Silence (2000), Racism and Anti-racism in Ireland (2002), Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation (2002), Re-presenting the Shoah for the 21st Century (2004), After Optimism? Ireland, Globalisation and Racism (2006), Race and State (2006), and Performing Global Networks (2007).

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents\r v
Acknowledgements\r vii
Introduction: Thinking Palestine\r 1
Setting the object of the debate\r 1
State of exception\r 4
Racial state\r 6
Israel as a racial state \r 7
'Insurrection of subjugated knowledges'\r 11
The book\r 14
Notes and references\r 20
Part 1 The Palestinianization of Race\r 23
1 Racial Palestinianization\r 25
Producing racial palestinianization\r 26
Palestinianizing the racial\r 35
The order of racial palestinianization\r 39
Racial palestinianization\r 42
References\r 44
2 Globalizing Racism and Myths of the Other in the 'War on Terror'\r 46
Racialization and cohesion\r 49
Israel's rehabilitation through the 'war on terror'\r 49
Palestinianizing Iraq\r 53
Unintentional echoes of Intifada\r 54
Palestinianizing 'race'\r 55
Demography and clashing cultures \r 56
Difference as irreconcilable and demanding containment\r 58
References\r 60
Part 2 Palestine: Biopolitics and States of Exception\r 63
3 Thanatopolitics: The Case of the Colonial Occupation in Palestine \r 65
Introduction\r 65
Spatial and symbolic construction of the space of exception\r 70
Demarcating a space of exception: the Separation Wall as a master signifier\r 71
Population management: death as a political tool\r 74
Conclusion: the political life of death\r 77
Notes and references\r 79
4 Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon: Laboratories of State-in-the-Making, Discipline and Islamist Radicalism\r 82
Introduction\r 82
Palestinians in camps: closed versus open space\r 83
Palestinians in Lebanon\r 85
Camps as humanitarian space\r 88
Closed camps: between space of exception and space of void\r 89
Conclusion: Camps as laboratories\r 93
Notes and references\r 97
5 Incarnation and the State of Exception: Al-Ansar Mass Detention Camp in Lebanon\r 101
Introduction\r 101
Micro-practices of incarceration \r 106
The familiarity of micro-practices at Ansar\r 108
Conclusion\r 111
References\r 113
6 The Ghettoization of the Palestinians\r 116
Introduction\r 116
The Occupied Territories as a prison\r 116
Between prison and ghetto\r 118
The Oslo process as a means for the dispossession of lands\r 120
Bantustans and ghettos\r 122
State of emergency and the suspension of law\r 123
The 'war on terror'\r 125
The occupation and humanitarian aid\r 126
What is that place called, beyond ghettoization?\r 128
Notes and references\r 129
7 The Persistence of the Exception: Some Remarks on the Story of Israeli Constitutionalism\r 131
Introduction\r 131
Norm and exception\r 132
Israel: the ideological/political story\r 138
Constitutional tensions\r 140
From revolution to statehood\r 142
Conclusion: the case of Israel\r 143
Notes and references\r 145
8 The Mukhabarat State of Israel: A State of Oppression is not a State of Exception\r 148
Not a state of exception: an inapplicable paradigm\r 151
The righteous discourse of democracy\r 152
The analytical discrepancy\r 155
The historical context of the state of oppression\r 159
The navigation fatigue of the oppressive state\r 161
The applicable model: the mukhabarat state of Israel\r 165
Conclusion and future trends\r 166
Notes and references\r 168
Part 3 Palestine: Contested Representations\r 171
9 Palestinian Munadelat: Between Western Representation and Lived Reality\r 173
Introduction\r 173
Colonialism, occupation and resistance\r 175
Why do Palestinian women partake in the military struggle?\r 177
Sex and family as colonial tools of control\r 179
Conclusion\r 186
Notes\r 187
References\r 188
10 Authenticity and Political Agency on Study Trips to Palestine\r 189
Veiling Palestine with authenticity\r 190
Tourism as a site of resistance\r 194
Beyond tourism?\r 196
Developmentalism and political agency\r 199
Conclusion: the mystery of the missing right of return\r 201
Notes and references\r 203
11 The Contested Memory of Dispossession: Commemorizing the Palestinian Nakba in Israel\r 206
Introduction\r 206
Lieux de memoire: memory or memoricide?\r 208
Evading the continuous past: the treatment of the Nakba and its aftermath by Israeli academics \r 211
Zochrot: remembering, commemorating, appropriating\r 213
Conclusion\r 216
Notes and references\r 217
12 The State, the Text and the Critic in a Globalized World: The Case of Edward Said \r 221
Note and references\r 234
13 Understanding the Present Through the Past: Between British and Israeli Discourses on Palestine\r 236
The British in Palestine: the Balfour Declaration and the British 'mandate'\r 238
The 'benefits' of British rule\r 241
Israeli rule in Palestine: the Jewish State and the non-Jewish Palestinians\r 244
The 'benefits' of Israeli rule\r 246
The past, the present, and spaces of resistance\r 248
Notes and references\r 250
Contributors\r 254
Index\r 258