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Courting ConflictThe Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza$
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Lisa Hajjar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241930

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241930.001.0001

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Going to Court

Going to Court

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(p.78) (p.79) Chapter 3 Going to Court
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Courting Conflict
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Lisa Hajjar

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0004

This chapter discusses the courts as institutional settings and the kinds of interactive dynamics that happen there. It also elaborates on who occupies the space of the courtrooms and how, and illuminates how the national conflict is tangible as a material culture in this institutional setting. Family members of defendants represent a broad cross section of Palestinian society. In the courts, soldiers on guard duty exhibit an almost uniform disdain and hostility toward Palestinians. Defendants' lack of attention relates to their marginal role in the courtroom. The experience of going to court defies and contradicts what people want to glorify, honor, and remember about themselves and their world. People resisted going back there, even for a moment of remembering.

Keywords:   courtrooms, national conflict, defendants, Palestinian society, interactive dynamics

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