The spatial manifestation of threat: Israelis and palestinians seek a 'good' border

Ghazi Falah, David Newman

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Boundary studies in political geography have largely focused on the presentation of empirical case studies. There has been little development of a theory focusing on the multi-faceted nature of both spatial and group boundaries, and the interlinkages between them. An analysis of the boundary concept within the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict points to the importance of understanding both internal and external perceptions of threat. This is reflected in the dual political discourse of physical security and space purification, the former being used as a means of securing territorial boundaries, the latter in an attempt to obtain boundaries between competing national groups. Idealistic solutions to the Israeli-Arab conflict would result from an emphasis on human rights as an alternative to the traditional spatial discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-706
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Geography
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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