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Electrical PalestineCapital and Technology from Empire to Nation$
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Fredrik Meiton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295889

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295889.001.0001

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Statehood and Statelessness

Statehood and Statelessness

(p.209) Seven Statehood and Statelessness
Electrical Palestine

Fredrik Meiton

University of California Press

Chapter 7 follows the role of the grid in the emergence of partition as the preferred solution to the Palestine question. The deliberations over partition re-actualized the question of borders, dormant since the period of intense negotiation in the early 1920s. Again, the power supply system figured prominently in the deliberations. At this point, the network of power stations and electrical wire crisscrossing the land provided a thick materialization of the Zionist vision. This material reality was reflected in British deliberations and carried over into the U.N. Resolution 181 for the partition of Palestine, adopted by the General Assembly in November 1947. The same considerations played out on the battlefield, as the resolution triggered the 1948 War, from which the state of Israel and the statelessness of the Palestinians emerged in May 1948.

Keywords:   partition, 1948 War, Resolution 181, Palestine Royal Commission, Peel Commission

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