Exploring the way urbicide is used to un/re-make Palestine, as well as how it is employed as a tool of spatial dispossession and control, this book examines contemporary political violence and destruction in the context of colonial projects in Palestine.
The broader framework of the book is colonial and post- urban destruction urbanism; with a working hypothesis that there are links, gaps and blind spots in the understanding of urbicide discourse. Drawing on several examples from the Palestinian history of destruction and transformations, such as; Jenin Refugee Camp, Hebron Old Town, and Nablus Old Town, a methodological framework to identify urbicidal episodes is also generated.
Advancing knowledge on one historical moment of the urban condition, the moment of its destruction, and enhancing the understanding of the Palestinian Israeli conflict from urbanistic/ architectonic and Urbicide / Spacio-cide perspectives through the use of case studies, this book will be essential reading for scholars and researchers with an interest in Urban Geography and Middle East Politics more broadly.
"Nevertheless, there is much of value in this book beyond the specific case of Nablus, especially where the author focuses on acts of what she calls “spatial resistance,” including movements of symbolic return to destroyed and depopulated villages in historic Palestine and the deployment of “counter-knowledge” to subvert the Israeli regime of surveillance and control. Notably, she also discusses the “re-coloni??ing movement” of Bab al-Shams, when for a few months in the winter and spring of 2013, several tent “villages” were erected by Palestinian and international activists on lands marked for confiscation and the building of Israeli colonies, particularly in the Jordan Valley. The author sees great potential for this form of “rhizomatic resistance” (following Deleuze and Guattari) that she
sees echoed in the 2011 Egyptian uprising, the Indignado movement in Spain, and the various Occupy protests in the US."
Part I: Introduction: Experiencing Spaces of Oppression and Resistance 1 Cities & War 2 Urbicide: Theoretical Inquiry Part II: Urbicide in Palestine 3 History of Urban/ Territorial Destruction in Palestine 1948-2002 Part III: Nablus 4 Nablus: Historical Perspective 5 Nablus: a City of Heritage 6 Nablus: Urbicide 2002-2005 Part IV: Revisions 7 Urbicide, States of Exception and Beyond 8 The Palestinian Resistance Discourse
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.