The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - History - 401 pages
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After the 1993 Oslo Accords people across the world anticipated the onset of peace and an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For Israelis, the Accords generated massive economic growth and a sense of security. For Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, they led to a dramatic rise in poverty and unemployment due to a complex array of closures, militarized checkpoints, and bypass roads, and a vast expansion of the settlement project that fractured Palestinian territories and communities. In 2000 popular Palestinian rage with the new shape of the Israeli occupation erupted in a second uprising or intifada.

In this volume, prominent scholars and journalists examine the dramatic political changes in Palestine and Israel from the Oslo Accords through the second intifada and the death of Yasser Arafat. Their essays address the political economy of the Oslo process, social and political changes in Palestine and Israel, United States foreign policy, social movements and political activism, and the interplay between cultural and political-economic processes. The volume also includes documents, maps, poetry, and graphic art.

Contributors:

Ammiel Alcalay, Lori A. Allen, Marwan Barghouti, Joel Beinin, Robert Blecher, Elliott Colla, Catherine Cook, Jonathan Cook, Richard Falk, Khaled Furani, Rita Giacaman, Lisa Hajjar, Jeff Halper, Rema Hammami, Sari Hanafi, Adam Hanieh, Islah Jad, Penny Johnson, Rela Mazali, Emma C. Murphy, Issam Nassar, Ilan Pappé, Yoav Peled, Mouin Rabbani, Shira Robinson, Sara Roy, Rosemary Sayigh, Charmaine Seitz, Adam Shatz, Rebecca L. Stein, Gary Sussman, Salim Tamari, David Tartakover, Graham Usher, Sharif Waked, and Oren Yiftachel

 

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Contents

Histories and Futures of a Failed Peace
1
The Oslo Process and the Limits of a Pax Americana
21
The Political Economy
38
International Aid and the Peace Process
54
Israels Matrix of Control
62
Palestinian Authority Israeli Rule
75
Gender Social Citizenship and the Womens Movement
94
Competing Political Cultures
105
THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF CONFLICT
211
A Love Story between an Arab Poet and His Land
219
Remaking of National Space
231
My Hairdresser Is a Sniper
237
Solidarity in the Time of Antinormalization
249
From Intifada
263
The Gaza Strip
282
Palestinians Debate Polite Resistance
288

PostOslo Revival of the Refugee Issue
130
Opening the Debate on the Right of Return
140
Ethnocratic Politics
162
Israeli Militarism Gender and
175
Why We Refuse to Serve in the Israeli Defense Forces
182
The Threat of Transfer in Israel
191
Jonathan Cook
201
Urgent Appeal to Stop Suicide Bombings
301
The Challenge to the TwoState Solution
303
The Politics of Curfew in the Occupied Territories
324
Walling In People Walling
338
Notes
353
Contributors
387
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About the author (2006)

Joel Beinin is Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. His most recent book is Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (2000). Rebecca L. Stein is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She is the coeditor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (2005).

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