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Israel's Occupation Paperback – October 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0520255319 ISBN-10: 0520255313 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520255313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520255319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 2009-01-26)

“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?’”
(Palestine Chronicle 2009-02-13)

“A must read.”
(Jim Miles Opednews.com 2009-02-14)

“This book is a significant contribution to our understanding Israel’s changing methods of rule during the four decades of occupation.”
(Middle East Journal 2010-07-14)

“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 2009-01-01)

More About the Author

Neve Gordon teaches in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Watson Institute at Brown University. During the first intifada, he was the director of Physicians for Human Rights - Israel. Gordon is the co-editor of Torture: Human Rights, Medical Ethics and the Case of Israel, the editor of From the Margins of Globalization: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, and most recently the author of Israel's Occupation. His writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as in publications like The Guardian, The Nation, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education and The National Catholic Reporter.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By HASHDAZ on March 30, 2010
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Neve Gordon does everyone a service by meticulously explaining the complex matrix of control Israel started laying down weeks after the Occupation began. It draws on sources in Hebrew that have not been translated into English.

Some observations/criticisms:

1)Since it is more scholarly than polemical (and hence some of its strength and validity) it makes at times for a slightly difficult read. Some of this has to do with the book layout , fonts etc, mostly with the way the subject matter is addressed.

2)It could have done with more maps. B'Tselem and other human rights groups in the Occupied Territories (OT) have some excellent ones. Their liberal inclusion would have been a more tangible reminder of how moth-eaten and non-viable the possibility of a 2-state solution now is.

3)A separate chapter on East Jerusalem would have been helpful. Gordon addresses EJ throughout the book but I have always been struck by how even the most knowledgeable observers of the scene (the recent attention to the issue notwithstanding) do not make it clear that EJ is Occupied Territory whose 'final status' has been subject to creeping and constant unilateral manipulation.

All-in-all a powerful and precise book whose conclusions only the most rabid nationalist (and there'll be plenty even on this forum) would bother to deny.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Whitman Jr. on September 4, 2011
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Neve Gordon, ISRAELI Professor at Ben Gurion University, wrote a book documenting the shifting policies of the occupation and how this affected the Palestinian population under said occupation. He begins in 1967 and uses military and governmental documents to go over the issue. He breaks the occupation down into specific times and documents thoroughly the impact and policies. I do not know what else to say, it is rather basic and straightforward, just look at the title.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hamid Hotaki on March 20, 2012
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This was very informative and well written book. Worth every penny spent on purchasing it; furthermore, the author is not bias at all.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Isabell on May 10, 2014
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Naive approach to a very complex situation,the author is screaming for attention with a provocative title,the book is a failure on many fronts.
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