on 4 August 2009
Makdisi's book is a brilliantly researched and detailed account of the daily lives of Palestinians living under occupation. The analysis includes several accounts of Palestinians trying to navigate the matrix of closures, checkpoints and border crossing that restrict daily movements and in particular urgent access to medical treatment in Egypt and Israel. Makdisi blends evidence from the likes of B'Tselem, World Bank reports and various aid agencies with Palestinians own accounts of the impact of Israeli occupation on their daily lives. I also found interesting the detail on Jerusalem and how Israel constructed a policy of systematic 'De-Palestinisation' in East Jerusalem, through preventing Palestinians from having planning permission, by demolition of houses and through withdrawing residency permits from Palestinians, many of whom were born in Jerusalem, all the while, Jewish settlements continue to fracture the Palestinian's lands and undo the chances of a viable Palestinian state. Makdisi claims 1,363 Palestinians were stripped of Jerusalem residency in 2006 alone (p.111).
Also see, Jonathan Cook 'Disappearing Palestine' and Neve Gordon 'Israel's Occupation'
on 16 July 2013
There are now 7 checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, most of them usually unmanned, which is nothing short of amazing seeing as there were over 5,000 attempts to harm jews there in the first six months of 2013, with shootings, bombings, molotov cocktails and knifings, not to mention the rock throwing that have killed many jews and recently almost claimed 3 year old Adele Biton's life.
Thousands of arabs from Gaza and Judea and Samaria are treated every day in Israel's hospitals despite the odd suicide bomber taking advantage and trying to blow the place up. For example Wafa al biss is not mentioned by the author of this book, but her life was saved by doctors at Beersheba hospital. How did she pay them back? When she returned for further treatment for burns from a cooking accident, she was strapped up with a bomb, to kill the very same doctors who had cared for her for months. You can see her on youtube trying to blow herself up at the border when caught. Those fiendish Israelis, foiling a little bit of 'resistance.'
And the allegation about, " 'De-Palestinisation' in East Jerusalem". In 1967 when Jordan attacked Israel there were 68,000 arabs living there. Now there are over 300,000. Israel's not doing a very good job of the ethnic cleansing, is it?
As for " demolition of houses " every modern country demolishes unplanned building. The fact is that more jewish housing gets demolished in Jerusalem than arab.