Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human by Jonathan Cook

By Jonathan Cook

This ebook claims that Palestine is quickly disappearing and pleasurable the targets of Israel's founding fathers. Over many many years, Israel has constructed and subtle guidelines to disperse, imprison and impoverish the Palestinian humans, in a continuing attempt to wreck them as a country. It has industrialized Palestinian depression via ever extra refined platforms of curfews, checkpoints, partitions, allows and land grabs. prepare dinner analyzes how Israel has remodeled the West financial institution and Gaza into laboratories for checking out the infrastructure of confinement, making a profitable "defense" by way of pioneering the applied sciences wanted for city war, crowd regulate and collective punishment.

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79 Eleven years later, the Ma’ariv newspaper reported an election speech by Moshe Dayan in which he dismissed the idea of integration: ‘This is going too far. ’80 Having expelled Palestinian intellectuals and eradicated Palestine’s urban centres, the minority could be kept in an almost permanent state of social, economic and political underdevelopment. Meron Benvenisti, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, notes that decades later ‘no urban society worthy of the name has been created [for Palestinian citizens] in Israel.

113 And second, having confined most Palestinian citizens to their communities, the military government was able to carry out unopposed the confiscation of large tracts of outlying farmland. Palestinian citizens soon found themselves facing a series of legal and bureaucratic ruses to strip them of their land no less arbitrary than those faced by the present absentees. 115 The authorities then engaged in a war of attrition to force the tribes to abandon their way of life as farmers, as well as their claims to the pastoral lands on which they grazed their herds of sheep and goats, and instead settle in a handful of bleak townships – a battle that has only intensified with time.

The Gadish Committee on land reform, set up the year before the Karmiel case was initiated, had already proposed a solution: a land exchange in which the JNF would give up part of its lands in the developed centre of the country in return for undeveloped state land in the rural areas of the Galilee and Negev. As the Adalah legal centre pointed out, such an exchange, while ending some of the discrimination in principle, would actually increase it in practice. 148 An agreement between the government and the JNF looked near at hand by early 2008.

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