The Blockading of the Gaza Strip: The Making of a Futureless Dystopia

Authors: Merav Amir*, Queen's University
Topics: Political Geography, Middle East, Human Rights
Keywords: Israel/Palestine, Gaza, Blockade, Futures, Temporality, Dystopia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Maryland A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Since 2007, Israel has been implementing stringent restrictions on the movement of people and products in and out of the Gaza Strip, isolating it from the rest of the world. The blockade has been rationalized by security concerns, protecting Israelis from missile attacks by the Hamas and other militant factions in the Strip, as well as aimed at weakening the Hamas regime. However, after years of blockading the Strip, it is widely agreed by all experts that the blockade has not only failed to stop the firing of missiles from Gaza, but has significantly contributed to the strengthening of the Hamas. Instead of assuming that the blockade should be seen as just another example of a failed policy continued despite the apparent discrepancies between its stated aims and its actual effects, this talk demonstrates that it is designed to render the Gazan population to the suspended temporality of the camp. Thus, talk explores the blockade over the Gaza Strip as a political technology for arresting time. It will demonstrate that blockade allows Israel to exercise its control over the Strip by trapping its inhabitants in a dystopian present from which there is no escape.

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