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State Practices and Zionist Images

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Although the Israeli state subscribes to the principles of administrative fairness and equality for Jews and Arabs before the law, the reality looks very different. Focusing on Arab land loss inside Israel proper and the struggle over development resources, this study explores the interaction between Arab local authorities, their Jewish neighbors, and the agencies of the national government in regard to developing local and regional industrial areas. The author avoids reduction to simple models of binary domination, revealing instead a complex, multi-dimensional field of relations and ever-shifting lines of political maneuver and confrontation. He examines the prevailing concept of ethnic traditionalism and argues that the image of Arab traditionalism erects imaginary boundaries around the Arab localities, making government incursion disappear from view, while underpinning and rationalizing the exclusion of the Arab towns from development planning. Moreover, he shows how images of environmental protection mesh with and support such exclusion. The study includes a chronology of events, tables, maps, and photographs. This revised paperback edition with a new epilogue brings accounts of Arab land loss and struggles for economic development up to date. The author also deals with the challenges of life and research in Israel and examines the possibilities of sharing the land as the homeland of both Jews and Palestinians.


Born in the United States, David A. Wesley came to Israel as a young adult and received his PhD in Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. For some years, he lived in a kibbutz before moving to a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood in Jaffa. He has been closely following events connected with Arab economic development in Israel since the beginning of the 1990s.


List of Illustrations
List of Tables

Emanuel Marx


Introduction: An Ethnography of Macro-order Power Relations

Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land (I): The Territorial Demon
Chapter 2. The Lay of the Land (II): Urban Drive and the Arab Towns
Chapter 3. The Zipporit Industrial Area
Chapter 4. Land, Territory, and Jurisdiction: The Experience of Land Loss
Chapter 5. The Image of Arab Traditionalism
Chapter 6. The Appropriation of Arab Development Needs and Potential
Chapter 7. Attempts to Break Through the Boundaries


Epilogue to the New Edition
Chronology of Events
Glossary: Locality and Related Terms
Legislation Cited
Subject Index
Selected Author Index


Titel: State Practices and Zionist Images
Untertitel: Shaping Economic Development in Arab Towns in Israel
EAN: 9780857459077
ISBN: 978-0-85745-907-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Berghahn Books
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 276
Veröffentlichung: 01.09.2006
Jahr: 2006
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.4 MB
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