Normalizing Occupation

The Politics of Everyday Life in the West Bank Settlements

Edited by Ariel Handel, Marco Allegra and Erez Maggor

Contributions by Lee Cahaner, Honaida Ghanim, Ruthie Ginsburg, Daniel Gutwien, Assaf Harel, Miki Kratsman, David Newman, Amir Paz-Fuchs, Wendy Pullan, Yael Ronen, Erez Tzfadia, Hadas Weiss and Haim Yacobi

Published by: Indiana University Press

234 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 4 b&w illus., 2 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9780253024886
  • Published: January 2017


  • Hardcover
  • 9780253024732
  • Published: January 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253025050
  • Published: January 2017


Controversy surrounds Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, and the radical national and religious agendas at play there have come to define the area in the minds of many. This study, however, provides an alternative framework for understanding the process of "normalization" in the life of Jewish residents. Considering a wider range of historical and structural factors in which the colonization of the West Bank developed it allows placing its origins and everyday reality into a wider perspective. The works collected consider the transformation of the landscape, the patterns of relationships shared by the region's residents, Palestinian and Jewish alike, and the lasting effects of Israel's settlement policy. Stressed in particular are such factors as urban planning, rising inequality and the retreat of the welfare state, and the changing political economy of industry and employment. In doing so, the authors collected here provide new insight into the integration and segregation processes that are an integral part of the broader historical trends shaping Israel/Palestine.