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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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Civilian Control

Civilian Control

(p.116) Chapter 5 Civilian Control
Israel's Occupation

Neve Gordon

University of California Press

This chapter discusses how the mechanisms that Israel used to appropriate Palestinian land also served as forms of social control. Jewish settlements operated in three major ways: (1) they restricted Palestinian movement and development; (2) they were used as tools for surveillance; and (3) they served as an ethnic policing mechanism. Thus, the chapter draws the connection between the seizure of Palestinian land and Israel's attempt to manage the occupied population, showing how the mechanisms that were used to dispossess the Palestinians were also employed to police them. It begins by describing the bureaucratic–legal mechanisms used both to appropriate Palestinian land and to hold on to it once it had been confiscated.

Keywords:   Palestinian land, social control, Jewish settlements, land appropriation, Palestinian development, surveillance

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