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London Middle East Institute

Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space

Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Sharri Plonski, SOAS

Date: 27 February 2018Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 27 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

This lecture by Sharri Plonski marks the publication of her book, Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space (I.B. Tauris, 2018).

Palestinian Citizens of Israel is an investigation into the Palestinian communities living inside the Jewish state, and their attempts to disrupt, resist and reshape the physical and symbolic borders that discipline their lives. Through extensive fieldwork and over a hundred interviews, Sharri Plonski conducts a comparative analysis of three contemporary cases, in which Palestinian citizens struggle for land and space in Israel: a popular struggle for housing rights in Jaffa; resistance to Jewish settlement interventions (and the policies that under-write them) in the central Galilee; and the campaign to recognise Bedouin land rights in the Naqab desert. Engaging with critical theories of space, borders and resistance, her research explores that which is both ‘ordinary and extraordinary’ about Palestinian-citizen resistance in Israel, through the different spaces it navigates and transforms. Plonski’s examination of Palestinian activism and transgression offers valuable insight into the structures and reaches of power within the Israeli state, but also its limits.

Sharri Plonski is a Research Associate with the London Middle East Institute and a lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.

Chair: Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Admission Free - All Welcome

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and Centre for Palestine Studies

Contact email: vp6@soas.ac.uk

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