A masterful expose of the web of Israeli bureaucracy
Based on first-hand accounts and extensive fieldwork, Unfree in Palestine reveals the role played by identity documents in Israel's apartheid policies towards the Palestinians, from the red passes of the 1950s to the orange, green and blue passes of today.
The authors chronicle how millions of Palestinians have been denationalized through the bureaucratic tools of census, population registration, blacklisting and a discriminatory legal framework. They show how identity documents are used by Israel as a means of coercion, extortion, humiliation and informant recruitment. Movement restrictions tied to IDs and population registers threaten Palestinian livelihoods, freedom of movement and access to basic services such as health and education.
Unfree in Palestine is a masterful exposé of the web of bureaucracy used by Israel to deprive the Palestinians of basic rights and freedoms, and calls for international justice and inclusive security in place of discrimination and division.
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About the Authors
Nadia Abu-Zahra is Assistant Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Ottawa. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and has worked across the Middle East, Asia, and Central America. She is the author of 12 articles and book chapters on mobility in Palestine.
Adah Kay was Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University, London. An anthropologist and urban planner, she worked in local government, universities and UK NGOs. During 2002-6 she lived and worked in the West Bank. She was the co-author of Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Children (Pluto, 2004).
Table of Contents
1.1 Freedom and Unfreedom in Palestine
1.2 Scantily-Documented Pass Systems
1.3 Overview of the Book
2. Registration and Denationalisation
2.1 The Census
2.2 The Population Registry
2.3 Feigning Authority
3.1 Paper Blacklists and Executions
3.2 Blacklists as Hierarchies of Discrimination
4. Coercion and Collaboration
4.1 Withholding Rights as Coercion
4.2 Trading Rights for Needs
4.3 Informants and Collaborators
5. Movement Restriction and Induced Transfer
5.1 Entrenching Movement Restrictions
5.2 Induced Transfer
5.3 Enhanced Movement for Colonists, Restricted Movement for Indigenous Palestinians
6. The Health System
6.1 Collapsing Public Health Structures
6.2 Health System Shutdown
7.1 Collapsing Education Structures
7.2 Education System Shutdown
8.1 Review of the Book
8.2 Looking Forward