Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation


By Saree Makdisi

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For ordinary Palestinians, everyday activities such as tending one’s fields, visiting a relative, going to the hospital, require negotiating permits and passes, curfews and closures, “sterile roads” and “seam zones” — bureaucratic hurdles ultimately as deadly as outright military incursion.

In devastating detail, Saree Makdisi reveals how the “peace process” institutionalized Palestinians’ loss of control over their inner and outer lives. He shows how Israel’s massive concrete walls going up around Gaza and the West Bank isolate communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other.

Through eye-opening statistics and day-by-day reports, Makdisi shows how Palestinians have seen their hopes for freedom and statehood culminate in the creation of abject “territories” comparable to open-air prisons.