The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories


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Nov 18, 2009
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On the eve of its fifth decade, the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories can no longer be considered a temporary aberration. In the shadow of the Oslo process, the second Intifada and the “disengagement” from and recurring assaults on Gaza, Israel’s control over Palestinian life, society, space, and land has become firmly entrenched, while acquiring more sophisticated and enduring forms.

The Power of Inclusive Exclusion analyzes the Israeli occupation as a rationalized system of political rule. With essays by leading Palestinian and Israeli scholars, a comprehensive chronology, photography, and original documents, The Power of Inclusive Exclusion calls into question prevalent views of the occupation as either a skewed form of brutal colonization, a type of Jewish apartheid, or an inevitable piecemeal and improvised response to terrorism.

Engaging a variety of disciplinary and intellectual perspectives, the writers address the fundamental and contemporary dimensions of the occupation regime — its unpredictable bureaucratic apparatus, the fragmentation of space and regulation of movement, the intricate tapestry of law and regulations, the discriminatory control over economic flows, and the calculated use of military violence.

Pretending neither to sidestep the issue of Israel’s responsibility for the Palestinian plight nor to portray the occupation as a coherent, premeditated project, The Power of Inclusive Exclusion uncovers the structural logic that sustains and reproduces this occupation regime. Sensitive to the specific features of the Israeli occupation, this meticulous collection nonetheless strives to unravel the similarities this occupation shares with other international and contemporary forms of discriminatory rule.

In a time when military occupations are emerging globally, political disasters abound, and protracted control over groups of noncitizens has been normalized, The Power of Inclusive Exclusion provides a new set of categories crucial to our understanding of emergency regimes and duly identifies the stakes necessary for an informed and timely opposition.

Special note:Although the research group which was the genesis of this publication was funded by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the publisher of this volume, Zone Books, received no funding or any other support from the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, nor is Zone Books in any way associated with that institution.