Stifling Surveillance: Israel’s Surveillance and Control of the Palestinians during the Military Government Era

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Abstract

Israel has never intended to control the
Palestinians: Its goal has always been
to drive them out. However, during
the Mandate era, as part of their effort
to disorganize the Palestinian society,
Zionist organizations established various
surveillance bodies to examine and monitor
various aspects of Palestinian society.
These related to the demographic, religious,
tribal, and hamula (extended family or
clan) composition of the Palestinians, their
spatial distribution, political behaviors,
and military capabilities, as well as their
resources, chiefly lands and water sources.
These activities were part of an all-inclusive
effort to establish a Jewish state against the
will of the indigenous Arab population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-55
JournalJerusalem quarterly file
Issue number68
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Arabs ; Copper ; Jews ; Minority & ethnic groups ; Palestinians ; Politics ; Population ; Security services ; Surveillance

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