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Contrarian
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posted 18 May 2005 03:04 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Book Reviewof Lisa Hajjar's Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza.
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...Hajjar, a professor in the Law and Society Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues that the military court system has been the centerpiece of Israel's controlling apparatus in the occupied territories. It has served as an extremely important component within the broader range of governing institutions and practices in which Palestinians are tracked in grids of surveillance, subjected to restrictive codes of conduct and physically immobilized through the use of closures, curfews, checkpoints, walls and prisons...

...Hajjar's intervention is unique in the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even though an enormous amount has been written on the occupation, only a few books actually analyze--rather than describe--Israel's controlling apparatus in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Among the exceptions are Naseer Aruri's Occupation: Israel Over Palestine, James Ron's Frontiers and Ghettos and A Civilian Occupation by Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman. Courting Conflict is in this select company...

...Especially striking is Hajjar's chapter on the Druse translators, since it reveals both the complexity and the insidious nature of Israeli rule...

...The irony is that the lack of adequate translation is unimportant, since the legal argumentation has few if any implications for the defendant. The outcome is predictable, if only because some 90 to 95 percent of Palestinians who are charged with crimes are convicted and more than 97 percent of all cases in which charges are brought are determined outside the court in a plea bargain...



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Cueball
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posted 18 May 2005 03:15 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
...Hajjar's intervention is unique in the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even though an enormous amount has been written on the occupation, only a few books actually analyze--rather than describe--Israel's controlling apparatus in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Among the exceptions are Naseer Aruri's Occupation: Israel Over Palestine, James Ron's Frontiers and Ghettos and A Civilian Occupation by Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman. Courting Conflict is in this select company...


Sounds good. In point of fact though there is a huge amount of analysis, but most of it is Arab and or European. Much of it is unpublished and untranslated in the US.


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Zaklamont
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posted 18 May 2005 09:48 PM      Profile for Zaklamont        Edit/Delete Post
Resembles a bit like what I read on the CBC's The Nature of Things website re: New Brunswick and its native population ( http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/newsletter/20050103_article_kevinmatthews.html):

..."So the Indians were actually the first, supposed to be beneficiaries of the land. It was effectively theirs and Crown recognized that. But local people here in New Brunswick were not upholding the agreement in the treaty that they had originally had with the Natives.

And then it just evolved in to this idea that it was being held for all of the people of New Brunswick. You know, there was never any clear agreement made - the Natives never signed over their land. They never gave up their rights to the land. And today, the Maritimes is the biggest piece of unsettled Crown land where the Natives have not been given either financial compensation or given rights to the land directly.

And they’re constantly in court over this. But the corporate interest is so strong that they keep dragging the thing into court all the time."


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Cueball
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posted 18 May 2005 11:34 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Definite similarity between Israel's policy regarding Palestinians and the 19th century genocide of aboriginals in North America. An excelent comparison.

One wonders why a modern "democracy" continues with a policy agenda of brutal extermination, land siezures, and cultural anihilation, when such practice began to be discredited at the turn of the last century, even before Israel came into existence.

Of course, it need not be noted that the last state to officially make such policies the center piece of their legal structure was South Africa under the apartheid.

It interesting, how this cavalier and arrogant type of racism toward aboriginal peoples manifested itself when US Zionist lobbyist Jack Abramoff ripped of American natives to fund the attack upon Palestinians.

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The lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, established a charity called Capital Athletic Foundation, through which he funneled money to the settlements, the magazine reported in its May 2 issue. A man known in Washington as a "super-Zionist," for his fierce support of Israel and his connections to leading conservative Congressmen, Abramoff is now being investigated by the FBI for fraud.

He didn't buy food and building materials, by the way, he bought them guns.

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DrConway
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posted 19 May 2005 02:12 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I also find it quite interesting that for all the loud proclamations of Palestinian "Authority" sovereignty over what remains of the chopped-diced-and-sliced Occupied Territories, the de facto legal authority is the Israeli military law courts.

This is assimilation by stealth, and I thank Zaklamont for pointing out that this strategy was used to decimate the self-sustaining aboriginal populations in North America.

Much as the Palestinian-Arab livelihoods are now being decimated.

Oh, and I'm sure that some white folks blamed the Indians for the misfortunes visited on them by the white man's government.

Just like Israel blames the Palestinians for a situation Israel created.


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