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Hollow Land

Israel’s Architecture of Occupation.

A new way of imagining space has emerged. After fragmenting the surface of the West Bank by walls and other barriers, Israeli planners started attempting to weave it together as two separate but overlapping national geographies – two territorial networks overlapping across the same area in three dimensions, without having to cross or come together.

One is an upper-land – the land of the settlements – a scattering of well-tended hilltop neighborhoods woven together by modern highways for the exclusive use of its inhabitants; the other, Palestine – crowded cities, towns and villages that inhabit the valleys between and underneath the hills, maintaining fragile connections on improvised underpasses. Within this new political space, separate security corridors, infrastructure, bridges and underground tunnels have been woven into a bewildering and impossible Escher-like territorial arrangement that struggles to multiply a single territorial reality.

Eyal Weizman
Hollow Land

Lords of the Land: The War for Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar
Hollow Land: Israel’s Acrchitecture of Occupation by Eval Weizman
Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance by John Berger

After 60 years of hostility, three new books offer a new light and direction for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Lords of the Land: The War for Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar, Hollow Land: Israel’s Acrchitecture of Occupation by Eval Weizman and Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance by John Berger. Excerpts from these books are highlighted in the following slideshow below:

Photo Credits: (Slide 1 and 2) HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images, (Slide 3) GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images, (Slide 4) Steeve Iunker (iuncker.ch), and (Slide 6) Newscom.

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Anonymous

i was been born into this conflict,and for the forst time,i feel im starting to believe it will never end.

Anonymous

i was been born into this conflict,and for the forst time,i feel im starting to believe it will never end.

Jack

Again, Adbusters is widely overlooking the Israeli point of view. It's easy for you to sit there in US/Western Europe and criticize the Israeli policy. As an Israeli citizen, I can tell you for sure that this wall prevents the critical majority of terrorits to explode themselves in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Or Haifa.
In the summer of 2005, Israel made a brave and controversial step - It got out of Gaza, which demanded the evacuation of more than 10,000 people from their homes. Israel's mistake was that it wasn't a part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Israel wasn't demanding anything back for it. It was hoped that it will be an important step in achieving peace. On the contrary. Since than, the Hamas terrorist organization took over Gaza, and constantly shooting missiles on Israel.
In this condition, only a fool or a very unresponsible statesman will do the same mistake in the west bank. Peace could not be achieved as long as the militant groups are ruling the PA. Therefore, the wall is the only way to stop the them on the ground. Unfortunately, we can't build a wall in the air to block missiles, and it's only a matter of time until they'll start using it in the west bank too. When it'll happand, I wouldn't be jealous of them...

Jack

Again, Adbusters is widely overlooking the Israeli point of view. It's easy for you to sit there in US/Western Europe and criticize the Israeli policy. As an Israeli citizen, I can tell you for sure that this wall prevents the critical majority of terrorits to explode themselves in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Or Haifa.
In the summer of 2005, Israel made a brave and controversial step - It got out of Gaza, which demanded the evacuation of more than 10,000 people from their homes. Israel's mistake was that it wasn't a part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Israel wasn't demanding anything back for it. It was hoped that it will be an important step in achieving peace. On the contrary. Since than, the Hamas terrorist organization took over Gaza, and constantly shooting missiles on Israel.
In this condition, only a fool or a very unresponsible statesman will do the same mistake in the west bank. Peace could not be achieved as long as the militant groups are ruling the PA. Therefore, the wall is the only way to stop the them on the ground. Unfortunately, we can't build a wall in the air to block missiles, and it's only a matter of time until they'll start using it in the west bank too. When it'll happand, I wouldn't be jealous of them...

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