Covid-19 in Palestine: The Settler Colonial Context (Paperback)

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Israel and Palestine were worlds apart during the pandemic that claimed over five million lives globally. While Palestinians were forced to adopt crude survival measures and endure economic privations, Israel was praised as a vaccination world leader. This book demonstrates how Israel utilized the pandemic to tighten surveillance and control over Palestine and the Palestinians. Drawing on theories of settler colonialism and the concept of 'necropolitics', the book is a vital testament to the reality of the Israeli settler colonial project today. The author uses case studies and interviews with Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, Hebron, Kufr Aqab and the Jalazoon refugee camp to understand the lived experiences of Palestinians. The newest colonial policies are discussed including how Israel activated a counter-terrorism database that could track citizens and ensure they adhered to lockdown regulations. It also shows how Israel destroyed Palestinian infrastructure essential for water, sanitation and hygiene, leaving Palestinians unable to fight the virus. The book shows that, for Palestinians, the pandemic was simply the latest in a long line of national catastrophes in a context where settler colonialism prevails.

About the Author

Nadia Naser-Najjab is Lecturer in Palestine Studies at the European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK. Previously she was Assistant Professor at Birzeit University, Palestine. She is the author of Dialogue in Palestine: The People-to-People Diplomacy Programme and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (I.B.Tauris, 2020). Her research is based on first-hand experience and original data collection and focuses on the Palestine-Israel peace process, Palestinian education and Palestinian resistance
Product Details
ISBN: 9780755651177
ISBN-10: 0755651170
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: January 11th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English