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Israel's Occupation$
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Neve Gordon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255302.001.0001

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Of Horses and Riders

Of Horses and Riders

(p.70) Chapter 3 Of Horses and Riders
Israel's Occupation

Neve Gordon

University of California Press

This chapter examines more closely the economic field as a way to begin explaining some of the changes that have transpired in the Occupied Territories (OT). The assumption is that the policies in the economic field not only aimed to satisfy Israel's economic interests, but that they also served a crucial role in the administration of the OT. The chapter shows that by hindering the development of an independent Palestinian economy based on industry and sophisticated agriculture, Israel encouraged the Palestinian inhabitants to become unskilled laborers, and thus directed the economic utility of the Palestinians in a very specific way. The different forms of control that were utilized in the economic field produced excesses and contradictions that ultimately spurred Palestinian resistance and helped shape Israel's policy choices.

Keywords:   economic policy, Occupied Territories, economic field, Palestinian economy, unskilled labor, control, Palestinian resistance

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