Fergus Alexander

Road to Hell

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Review of "A Civilian Occupation", editors Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman, Verso £13

'The city of Emanuel, situated 440 metres above sea level, has a magnificent view of the coastal plain and the Judean Mountains. The hilly landscape is dotted by green olive orchards and enjoys a pastoral calm.' This is how the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Emanuel advertised itself. The overt biblical imagery offers no reference to the people who cultivate the landscape, the Palestinians. The biblical references are cynically used to reinforce the Zionists' ancient claim on the land.

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