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Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine

Population, Territory and Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Elia Zureik, David Lyon, Yasmeen Abu-Laban


392 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Surveillance is always a means to an end, whether that end is influence, management or entitlement. This book examines the several layers of surveillance that control the Palestinian population in Israel and the Occupied Territories, showing how they operate, how well they work, how they are augmented, and how in the end their chief purpose is population control.

Showing how what might be regarded as exceptional elsewhere is here regarded as the norm, the book looks not only at the political economy of surveillance and its technological and military dimensions, but also at the ordinary ways that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories are affected in their everyday lives. Written in a clear and accessible style by experts in the field, this book will have large appeal for academic faculty as well as graduate and senior undergraduate students in sociology, political science, international relations, surveillance studies and Middle East studies.


"This stimulating edited collection is a valuable contribution to the growing corpus of scholarship that takes Israel’s over forty-year occupation regime as its central object of analysis, research, and comparative theoretical reflection… this important volume provides a sound basis for further comparative studies in the technologies of power that are transforming the globe at this time." - Steve Niva; Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Autumn 2011)

Table of Contents

Preface Elia Zureik, David Lyon and Yasmeen Abu-Laban Part I: Introduction 1. Colonialism, Surveillance and Population Control: Israel/Palestine Elia Zureik Part II: Theories of Surveillance in Conflict Zones 2. Identification, Colonialism and Control: Surveillant Sorting in Israel/Palestine David Lyon 3. Making Place for the Palestinians in the Altneuland: Herzl, Anti-Semitism, and the Jewish State Glenn Bowman Part III: Civilian Surveillance 4. Ominous Designs: Israel’s Strategies and Tactics of Controlling the Palestinians during the First Two Decades Ahmad Sa'di 5. The Matrix of Surveillance in Times of National Conflict: The Israeli-Palestinian Case Hillel Cohen 6. The Changing Patterns of Disciplining Palestinian National Memory in Israel Tamir Sorek Part IV: Political Economy and Globalization of Surveillance 7. Laboratories of War: Surveillance and US-Israeli Collaboration in War and Security Steven Graham 8. Israel’s Emergence as a Homeland Security Capital Neve Gordon 9. From Tanks to Wheelchairs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Zionist Battlefield Experiments, and the Transparency of the Civilian Nick Denes Part V: Citizenship Criteria and State Construction 10. Legal Analysis and Critique of Some Surveillance Methods Used by Israel Usama Halabi 11. Orange, Green, and Blue: Colour-Coded Paperwork for Palestinian Population Control Helga Tawil-Souri 12. "You Must Know Your Stock": Census as Surveillance Practice in 1948 and 1967 Anat E. Leibler Part VI: Surveillance, Racialization, and Uncertainty 13. Exclusionary Surveillance and Spatial Uncertainty in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Ariel Handel 14. "Israelization" of Social Sorting and the "Palestinianization" of the Racial Contract: Reframing Israel/Palestine and The War on Terror Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Abigail B. Bakan Part VII: Territory and Population Management in Conflict Zones 15. British and Zionist Data Gathering on Palestinian Arab Land Ownership and Population during the Mandate Michael Fischbach 16. Surveillance and Spatial Flows in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Nurhan Abujidi 17. Territorial Dispossession and Population Control of the Palestinians Rassem Khamaisi Part VIII: Social Ordering, Biopolitics and Profiling 18. The Palestinian Authority Security Apparatus: Biopolitics, Surveillance and Resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Nigel Parsons 19. Behavioural Profiling in Israeli Aviation Security as a Tool for Social Control Reg Whitaker

About the Editors

Elia Zureik is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada. His published work covers the Middle East, with special reference to the Israeli--Palestinian conflict, and surveillance.

David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author of Surveillance Studies: An Overview (2007) and Identifying Citizens: ID Cards as Citizenship (2009), and is currently researching the global growth of national ID systems.

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is Professor and Associate Chair (Research) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. She specializes in the politics of gender, racialization, migration and citizenship. She is co-author of Selling Diversity (2002), co-editor of Politics in North America (2008), and editor of Gendering the Nation-State (2008).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies