This is a brilliantly original examination of Israel's terrifying reconceptualization of geopolitics in the Occupied Territories and beyond. "Hollow Land" is a groundbreaking exploration of the political space created by Israel's colonial occupation. In this journey from the deep subterranean spaces of the West Bank and Gaza to their militarized airspace, Weizman unravels Israel's mechanisms of control and its transformation of the Occupied Territories into a theoretically constructed artifice, in which natural features function as the weapons and ammunition with which the conflict is waged. Weizman traces the development of these ideas, from the influence of archaeology on urban planning, Ariel Sharon's reconceptualization of military defense during the 1973 war, through the planning and architecture of the settlements, to contemporary Israeli discourse and practice of urban warfare. In exploring Israel's methods to transform the landscape itself into a tool of total domination and control, "Hollow Land" lays bare the political system at the heart of this complex and terrifying project of late-modern colonial occupation.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 866 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
"Eyal Weizman brilliantly deconstructs Israel's yoking of traditionally humanist disciplines and discourse to the service of its campaign against the Palestinians. This book is chilling but essential reading for everyone who cares about where our world is going today." Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love "A startling exercise in what it means to think through the axiomatics of occupation, capture and subjection. In this most Deleuzian work, Weizman boldly attempts to create an entirely new method to conceptualize the relationship between surfaces, movement, and the assets of war." Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony "Hollow Land is a remarkable achievement. In its vast scope and intimate, carefully researched details, it affords us real understanding of Israel's project towards the Palestinians, and it is narrated here with the clarity of vision and sensibility of an artist. Scholarly and poetic in its epic reach, Hollow Land is destined to become a classic." Karma Nabulsi Oxford University "A wrenching account of the multiple ways in which the land of Palestine has been hollowed out by Israeli occupation. The 'facts on the ground' have never been revealed with such stark and critical clarity, and Weizman's stunning combination of words and images is at once a brilliant critique of the politics of space and a searing indictment of colonial rule and dispossession." Derek Gregory, author of The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq "At once measured and fierce, Hollow Land, is a remarkably original work that confirms Eyal Weizman's indispensable role as a critic of the sinister and ubiquitous instrumentality of space in contemporary politics and life." Michael Sorkin"