"Creeping apartheid" in Israel-Palestine

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Oren Yiftchel focuses on the creeping apartheid-like situation in Palestine on the back of the concept of 'two states for two peoples' forwarded by Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 5, 2009. Oren admits that in place of movement toward two states or one, there is a process of creeping apartheid in terms of undeclared reordering the politics and geography of the country between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Under the new approach, Israeli leaders are gradually recognizing Palestinian collective rights, although in vague terms and with perpetual delays in implementation. Geography is vital because the creeping apartheid process relies heavily on a range of skewed settlement, land, development and boundary demarcation policies. Palestinians amount to 18% of the population but control less than 3% of the land. Jewish individuals and institutions controlled only percent of historical Palestine or 7 percent of what became Israel in 1947.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-15+37
JournalMiddle East Report
Issue number253
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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