From Publishers Weekly
Applying the work of Michel Foucault to the contemporary Middle East, this highly theoretical book examines the means of control used to manage the Palestinian population in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Gordon, a professor of politics at Ben-Gurion University, begins by exploring the diffuse mechanisms of power—in the political, civilian, geographical and economic arenas—used to normalize the occupation in its first years, making the ostensibly temporary occupation permanent. Later chapters take a more specific historical approach, examining a series of events that radically transformed these power structures: the first intifada, the Oslo Accords and the second intifada, which, the author argues, required a reorganization of Israeli power in the Occupied Territories, leading to the disregard of the Palestinians inhabiting those territories. Gordon focuses on the treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and writes for a decidedly scholarly audience; as a result, the book's usefulness beyond academics will likely be limited. (Nov.)
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“What is most interesting in Gordon's analysis is the way in which the renovation of occupation practices are identified as an immanent outcome of the ‘excesses and contradictions’ within the system itself.”
(Times Higher Education
“Israel’s Occupation becomes a must read on my list; and my first question of anyone that wants to argue with any perspectives on Israel would be ‘Have you read this book yet?’”
“A must read.”
(Jim Miles Opednews.com
“This book is a significant contribution to our understanding Israel’s changing methods of rule during the four decades of occupation.”
(Middle East Journal
“A unique perspective on the changing dynamics of the Israel-Palestine conflict. . . . The breadth and detail of Gordon's scope provides a powerful systemic framework.”
(Katya Nasim Socialist Review: Monthly Mag Of The Socialist Workers Party