A half century of occupation : Israel, Palestine, and the world's most intractable conflict


A half century of occupation : Israel, Palestine, and the world's most intractable conflict

Gershon Shafir

University of California Press, c2017

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Summary: "The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the most polarizing and long-lived confrontations in the world. Tearing communities apart in Israel and Occupied Palestine, with repercussions across the globe, Israel's "temporary" occupation turns a half century old in 2017. This timely and provocative book offers a background history and context for general readers and covers the major turning points of the conflict. Expertly detailing the political, diplomatic, and legal dimensions of the struggle, Gershon Shafir examines the effect of the colonization of occupied territories on Israel's democracy and offers compelling reasons and possibilities for ending the occupation now."--Provided by publisher



The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the world's most polarizing confrontations. Its current phase, Israel's "temporary" occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, turned a half century old in June 2017. In these timely and provocative essays, Gershon Shafir asks three questions-What is the occupation, why has it lasted so long, and how has it transformed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? His cogent answers illuminate how we got here, what here is, and where we are likely to go. Shafir expertly demonstrates that at its fiftieth year, the occupation is riven with paradoxes, legal inconsistencies, and conflicting interests that weaken the occupiers' hold and leave the occupation itself vulnerable to challenge.


List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. What Is the Occupation? 2. Why Has the Occupation Lasted This Long? 3. How Has the Occupation Transformed the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? Appendix: List of Israeli Prime Ministers, PLO Chairmen, and Palestinian National Authority Presidents and Prime Ministers Notes Bibliography Index

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