A Wall in Palestine

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Picador, Feb 2, 2010 - History - 272 pages
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The West Bank Barrier is expected to be completed in 2010. Declared illegal by the United Nations International Court of Justice, this network of concrete walls, trenches, and barbed-wire fences could permanently redraw one of the most disputed property lines in the Middle East--the Green Line that separates Israel and the West Bank. To Israel the "security fence" is intended to keep Palestinian terrorists from entering its territory. But to Palestinians the "apartheid wall" that sliced through orchards and houses, and cuts off family members from one another, is a land grab.

In this comprehensive book, Backmann not only addresses the barrier's impact on ordinary citizens, but how it will shape the future of the Middle East. Though it promises security to an Israeli population weary of terrorism, it also is responsible for the widespread destruction of Palestinian homes and farmland; with its Byzantine checkpoint regulations, it has also severely crippled the Palestinian economy; and, most urgent, the barrier often deviates from the Green Line, appropriating thousands of acres of land, effectively redrawing the boundary between the West Bank and Israel.

Backmann interviews Israeli policy makers, politicians, and military personnel, as well as Palestinians living throughout the West Bank, telling the stories not only of the barrier's architects, but also of those who must reckon with it on a day-to-day basis on the ground.

With bold, brilliant, and often impassioned reportage, A Wall in Palestine renders the West Bank Barrier--its purpose, its efficacy, its consequences--as no book before.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Even the Color of the Light
7
Were Here Theyre There
23
The Eve of Pesach
35
The Dayan Campaign
51
How Many Olive Trees?
61
The Kibbutz Monteneros
75
The Great Lie
87
The Good Side of the Barrier
153
Settling
167
Two Roads for Two Peoples
177
Force Is the Problem
189
A New Border
201
Chronology
213
Notes
235
Bibliography
247

Qalqiliya in the Net
101
The Siege of Sheikh Saad
117
Spartheid
129
The E1 File
141
Acknowledgments
251
Index
253
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

René Backmann is an international affairs columnist at Le Nouvel Observateur foreign desk. In 1991 he was awarded the Prix Mumm, France's highest honor for journalism.

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