Palestine inside out: an every day occupation

In his author's note, Makdisi (English and comparative literature, U. of California at Los Angeles) recalls hearing the name Occupied Palestine as a child in geography class, but not being told what "occupied" meant. Unfortunately, that is too often the case, especially in the media, but even in much of the academic literature, but here Makdisi offers a valuable corrective. He weaves a broad explanation of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza from the 1967 war through its institutionalization under various "peace accords" (set in the context of Israeli determination to establish a state defined by Jewish nationalism) together with, perhaps more importantly, a detailed examination of the everyday impacts of the varying levels of Israeli occupation policies, whether they be the "Separation Barrier" or "Apartheid Wall" cutting off Palestinians from their lands and neighbors, the networks of Jewish-only roads and Israeli army checkpoints making travel and commerce ever more difficult for Palestinians, the house demolitions, the restrictions on travel to and from the territories, the use of permits to limit the right of Palestinians to live in Jerusalem, the effective embargo of food and medicines to Gaza, or Jewish settler and Israeli military violence against Palestinians. Annotation 2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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