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Called a “security fence” by the Israeli government and the “apartheid wall” by Palestinians, the barrier currently under construction in the West Bank has been the subject of intense controversy since the first olive tree was uprooted in its path. In violation of a ruling by the International Court of Justice and a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, the structure juts deep inside Palestinian territory, altering not only the geographical landscape, but the political one as well.
This groundbreaking book includes a collection of outstanding original pieces, along with photographs and maps, that offer a frank critique of the wall from a range of perspectives—legal, historical, architectural, and philosophical. Renowned writer and architect Michael Sorkin has assembled commentary from various international experts, including both Israeli and Palestinian voices. Together they reinforce a view widely held around the world (though not by the government of the United States): Israel’s wall can act only as a barrier to future peace.
Contributors include: Suad Amiry, Ariella Azoulay, Terry Boullata, Mike Davis, Sari Hanafi, Stephanie Koury, Dean MacCannell, Ruchama Marton, Adi Ophir, Rebecca Solnit, Anita Vitullo, and Eyal Weizmann.
|Introduction : up against the wall|
|The monster's tail||2|
|Why this wall?||48|
|Keeping a one-week diary, or, pastrami sandwich with concrete wrapping||82|
|The great wall of capital||88|
|The long economic shadow of the wall||100|
|Barriers, walls, and dialectics : the shaping of "creeping apartheid in Israel/Palestine||138|
|Spacio-cide and bio-politics : the Israeli colonial conflict from 1947 to the wall||158|
|How to really tear down the wall between blue and red||174|
|Twenty-three steps across the border and back||186|
|Transparent wall, opaque gates||212|
|Hollow land : the barrier archipelago and the impossible politics of separation||224|
|In the spirit of activism||254|
|The wall game||260|