The construction of the barrier separating Israel from the West Bank has become the site of one of the most heated controversies the world over, the source of virulent propaganda, incitement and hatred. Tami A. Jacoby explores the incongruent narratives of Israelis and Palestinians with regards to Israel's security barrier and the policy of unilateral withdrawal. This insightful book offers a multidimensional approach that takes into consideration different sides of the barrier conflict as well as internal divisions. It also observes how the barrier affects the lives of individuals and communities through the rapid profusion of events in the legal, political, social and military sphere.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: bridging the barrier; Evolution of separation in Israel/Palestine; The separation barrier: structure, routing and challenges; Israeli perspectives; Palestinian perspectives; Legal challenges and the ICJ; The barrier in Jerusalem; Lessons from Lebanon; Concluding remarks; Bibliography; Index.