Israel's Colonial Project in Palestine
By Elia Zureik
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
The book provides an overall framework from the perspectives of settler colonialism to assess the Zionist project in Palestine starting with the late 19th century up to the present. In other words it incorporates the establishment of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent developments in 1967.
By incorporating a Faucauldian perspective, the book focuses on biopolitics (population management), territory, and state security. It relies on sociological, historical and postcolonial studies, and brings to the fore a synthesis of case studies that deal with (im)mobility, identity, resistance, and demography. A central conceptual component of the study is the role of state surveillance in controlling the Palestinian population, both in Israel and the occupied territories.
Prologue Introduction 1 Researching Palestine and the Palestinians: A Road Map 2 Zionism and Colonialism 3 Surveillance in the Colonial Past and Present 4 Biopolitics, Demography and Racialization 5 The Political Economy of Surveillance 6 National Security, Fear and State Legitimation 7 Cyberspace and other Acts of Everyday Resistance Conclusion
Elia Zureik is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.