Palestine Inside Out

Palestine Inside Out

An Everyday Occupation

Book - 2008 | 1st ed. --
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This book is not about suicide bombers. Tending one's fields, visiting a relative, going to the hospital: for ordinary Palestinians, such everyday activities require negotiating permits and passes, curfews and closures, "sterile roads" and "seam zones"--bureaucratic hurdles ultimately as deadly as outright military incursion.Not since the late Edward Said has there been such an articulate Arab voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In devastating detail, Saree Makdisi reveals how the "peace process" institutionalized Palestinians' loss of control over their inner and outer lives. He shows how Israel's massive concrete walls going up around Gaza and the West Bank isolate communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other. Through eye-opening statistics and day-by-day reports, we learn how Palestinians have seen their hopes for freedom and statehood culminate in the creation of abject "territories" comparable to open-air prisons.Anyone surprised at Arab anger or the election of Hamas must read this book.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393066067
Branch Call Number: 956.953044 Mak 9254mm 1
956.953044 Mak 9254mv 1
Characteristics: xvi, 365 p. : ill., maps.


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Aug 15, 2014

Essential reading. An excellent and highly readable account of the lives of ordinary Palestinians under occupation. Makdisi looks at how bureaucratic constraints, theft of land, Israeli-only roads, trade sanctions and outright violence and helplessness in the face of it all, have made the lives of Palestinians extraordinarily difficult.
Clear and easy to follow maps give you a geographic sense of how illegal Israeli settlements have made it virtually impossible for Palestinians to have a state of their own. Also shows how the so-called "peace process" has served as a cover for Israel absorbing what little remains of Palestinians' native land.

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