Cook Jonathan - Disappearing Palestine

Author : Cook Jonathan
Title : Disappearing Palestine Israel’s experiments in human despair
Year : 2008

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Introduction. In spring 2003 I published a commentary in the International Herald Tribune about Israel’s steel and concrete ‘security barrier’ that was beginning to wind its way through the West Bank. The path to publication had been arduous. The Tribune, published from Paris, is little more than a syndicated version of the New York Times, but it does buy in a small number of opinion pieces to broaden its appeal to a non-American audience. I had placed several commentaries in these slots before, but my article about the wall faced stiff resistance from the editorial staff for several months. Then suddenly in May 2003 the Tribune put aside its fears and agreed to publish my commentary, possibly because President Bush had just delivered a speech in which he criticized the barrier.1 In my article I argued, at a time when it did not seem quite the truism it does today, that Israel was using the wall effectively to annex large swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank, particularly farmland and territory over its aquifers, to destroy any chance of a viable Palestinian state emerging. ...

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