Occupation therapy 1

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An occasional series to assist sufferers from occupation blindness and denial. Nothing that unusual, just snapshots of everyday life in the 50th year of a military occupation that has impacts also within the Green Line.

LISTEN: Kafka in the West Bank: the bureaucracy of the occupation – Tel Aviv Review/Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 27.02.17 [23:58]
Dr Yael Berda, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses her forthcoming book ‘Permit’, which analyses the history, before and after 1967, of routinisation by Israel of originally ad hoc emergency regulations and exceptions into a system of pervasive control that greatly affects the daily lives of Palestinians across and within the Green Line. There are over 100 different types of permits (e.g. for employment, family visits, humanitarian movement) all of which impact directly on Palestinians, and only incidentally on Jews (e.g. as employers of Palestinians).

And see:

Over 12,000 Palestinians living in limbo, 15 years after ‘temporary’ Israeli status – Nir Hasson – Haaretz 04.03.17
Emergency order creates impenetrable bureaucratic barrier between Palestinians of East Jerusalem and Israel generally and Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. ‘I want to take my children to see the sea, but I can’t. But the worst thing is that I can’t see my child. I love my child and would love to see him, but I can’t.’

Traffic jams: the occupation’s invisible collective punishment – Sahar Vardi – +972 Magazine 04.03.17
Of the various tools of the occupation, traffic jams are the most common: an elegant and deliberate way of carrying out collective punishment against Palestinians.

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