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The Israeli Occupation: A Politics of Paralysis

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This chapter focuses on Israel's occupation of the West Bank, and its impact on the lives of Palestinian Christians. It focuses on Israeli measures that deprive Palestinians of access to their land, restrict their movements and activities within the Palestinian territories, sever their ties with the outside world, and restrict their social and economic ties to Israel. The chapter argues that these measures are built on a unifying rationale and serves to further the same strategic objective: a structural paralysis of the Palestinian society. It discusses that the objectives are pursued through a politics of paralysis: a set of processes and governmental techniques that serve to paralyze and obstruct institution-building, economic activities, social relations and people's everyday movements in Palestinian society. The chapter shows how these processes shape Palestinian realities in the Occupied Territories, and in particular how they affect the social and economic opportunities available to Palestinian Christians.

Keywords: Israel; Israel's occupation; Palestinian Christians; politics of paralysis; West Bank



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