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Surviving the Wall: Daily Struggles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Elkhatib, Ghada (2019) Surviving the Wall: Daily Struggles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the conditions and struggles among dispossessed Palestinians as they attempt to survive Israeli policies of surveillance and occupation in the West Bank. The thesis focusses on the consequences and struggles against the Israeli separation wall. The thesis highlights the fact that the physical structure of the wall imposes isolation, hardship and suppression over Palestinian daily life; but what is equally important to the structure itself, is the accompanied complex set of overt and covert dehumanising, humiliating and restrictive surveillance procedures which severely impact Palestinian life. Palestinian forms of resistance are often nonviolent, unconfrontational and disguised everyday acts of an affirmation of life and a determination to exist, all of which come under the heading of what Palestinians call ‘sumud’ or steadfastness. This thesis examines how the wall serves the Zionist project in Palestine and how it has brought Palestinian sumud onto the frontline of politics.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: The wall, Palestine, Israel, political Zionism, occupation, colonialism, Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Zionist project in Palestine, route of the wall, judaizing Palestine, Oslo, Israeli measures, apartheid, surveillance, Israeli security, demographic domination, water domination, territorial expansion, ethnic segregation, Israeli settlements, Haweya, Tasreh, collective punishment, checkpoints, humiliation, dehumanization, annexation, massacres, dispossession, imprisonment, interrogation, the otherness policy, detention, closed Seam Zones, Crossing ‘300’, queues, inconsistency, unpredictability, ordinary Palestinians, refugee women, Palestinian refugees, refugee camps, refugeeness identity, the Nakba, the right of return, Laje’en, Mowateneen, samideen, powerless, sumud, steadfast, everyday sumud, struggles, unity, resistance, resilience, social movements, sumud tourism, alternative tourism, embodied sumud, covert sumud, infrapolitics, Aida refugee camp, Al-Walaja, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the West Bank, USA support, qualitative ethnographic methods, personal narratives, life histories, shared stories, artwork, graffiti, testimonies, qualitative field research, case studies.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Ghada Elkhatib
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 07:05
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 07:05
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/26870

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