Citizen-Enemies: Military Courts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Lecture | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories produced a boomerang effect on Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders, re-framing them as citizen-enemies. While the Israeli legal regime of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is extensively researched, this study extends its focus to the interrelations between the different parts comprising the Israeli “imperial formation.” Looking into the use of military courts by Israel, the talk portrays a continuity of this colonial governance mechanism since 1948 until present days, the establishment of a new military court inside Israel following the 1967 territorial expansion, but also changes in citizenship discourses which ended the life of this court.

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