Fred Halliday, professor of international relations at the LSE, and visiting professor at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, offers his analysis and view on the Middle East situation in the latest publication at opendemocracy.net:Forty years after the six-day war of June 1967, the prospects for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seem as remote as ever. It doesn’t have to be this way, he writes. His read worthy article continues …
|UPDATE: Aside with the article are also references listed to elder reports on the issue among those the meanwhile spread “Politics of Verticality” by E.Weizman and his not so wellknown work on A.Sharon and the Geometry of Occupation and his recent book titled: Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation (look here for information on the upcoming presentation in London).|
Weizman traces the development of these ideas, from the influence of archaeology on urban planning, Ariel Sharon’s reconceptualization of military defense during the 1973 war, through the planning and architecture of the settlements, to contemporary Israeli discourse and practice of urban warfare. In exploring Israel’s methods to transform the landscape itself into a tool of total domination and control, Hollow Land lays bare the political system at the heart of this complex and terrifying project of late-modern colonial occupation.
Rosemary Bechler has published a resume on her reading of the before mentioned ai report on 40 years of siege.
These restrictions are imposed “not, as Israel claims, to prevent Palestinians from entering Israel” – but “in fact … to bring about long-term demographic changes”: “For four decades … so-called ‘temporary’ measures… have had the effect of establishing or increasing the Israeli presence and appropriation of land in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, while at the same time reducing or removing the presence of Palestinians in these areas.” ….