From Sharon to Sharon: Spatial planning and separation regime in Israel/Palestine.

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Two personalities, more than any other, represent the history of Israeli spatial planning: Arieh and Ariel Sharon. Both have had an enormous impact on the political, military and legal geographies of Israel/Palestine. Despite notable political differences, the two men led Israeli planning to promote a similar spatial strategy throughout the last sixty years, encapsulated by the acronym SEEC (Settlement/Security, Expansion, Ethnicization, Control/Commercialization). This strategy has provided a meta-planning framework for the contested Judaization of Israel/Palestine. The paper uses Gramscian, (post)colonial and Lefebvrian approaches to conceptualize planning as a mediator between hegemonic and oppressed forces in a ceaseless societal process of space production. It argues that the SEEC strategy was not merely a guide for spatial policies, or an important element in the project of Jewish liberation, but a critical foundation of a new regime, reshaping both space and society and determining key elements of citizenship, such as property, mobility, rights and power. Hence, the Sharonian planning strategy has constituted a central pillar in Israel's ethnocratic regime, by granting professional legitimacy to the planned geography of ?separate and unequal.? This has become part of the infrastructure of a process of ?creeping apartheid? now evident in Israel/Palestine.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)73-107
JournalHagar : international social science review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 May 2010


  • POWER (Social sciences)
  • ISRAELI apartheid
  • SPACE (Architecture)
  • SHARON, Ariel, 1928-2014
  • SHARON, Arieh, 1900-1984


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