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Christine Cohen Park

between Israelis and Palestinians. To Netanyahu and his party, and to the majority of Israelis, a two-state solution is no longer a desirable or foreseeable option. Yet behind the Separation Wall – and to many ‘out of sight’ – the Palestinians continue to

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Two Venerated Mothers Separated by a Wall

Iconic Spaces, Territoriality, and Borders in Israel-Palestine

Nurit Stadler and Nimrod Luz

This article explores the role of sacred places and pilgrimage centers in the context of contemporary geopolitical strife and border disputes. Following and expanding on the growing body of literature engaged with the contested nature of the sacred, this article argues that sacred sites are becoming more influential in processes of determining physical borders. We scrutinize this phenomenon through the prism of a small parcel of land on the two sides of the Separation Wall that is being constructed between Israel and Palestine. Our analysis focuses on two holy shrines that are dedicated to devotional mothers: the traditional Tomb of Rachel the Matriarch on the way to Bethlehem and Our Lady of the Wall, an emergent Christian site constructed as a reaction to the Wall. We examine the architectural (and material) phenomenology, the experience, and the implications that characterize these two adjacent spatialities, showing how these sites are being used as political tools by various actors to challenge the political, social, and geographical order.

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Along the Lines of the Occupation

Playing at Diminished Reality in East Jerusalem

Fabio Cristiano and Emilio Distretti

addition to this complex grid, the separation wall built in the 2000s trails like a linear ribbon of concrete, running and cutting off parts of what is now a Palestinian hinterland but was previously part of the fabric of the city (locations such as Abu Dis

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Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

breadth—give our journal a distinctive character, one we would venture to say is especially necessary in a contemporary world of closing borders, rigid practices, and growing separation walls. We are proud to advocate for intellectual openness, cross

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Reports

Publications, Films and Conferences

Roxanne Varzi, Fadi A. Bardawil, Soheila Shahshahani, and Konstantina Isidoros

and sadness that range from experiencing the separation wall and settlements in the West Bank to his reaction to a piece in Haaretz recounting the story of Walter Benjamin’s suicide. Alter-politics , by juxtaposing these different registers of writing

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Dan Avnon, Nitzan Lebovic, Raymond Cohen, Elie Friedman, Sara Helman, Gad Barzilai, and Ari Ariel

especially fascinating chapter, the book analyzes the conflict between property rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and national security considerations regarding the future of the security/separation wall (chap. 9). It shows how the Supreme Court faced a

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

. Chapters 1 and 2 focus on the separation wall that Israel constructed around the occupied Palestinian territories. The author explains how he went from ignoring the wall to seeing it, and ultimately grappling with how it creates a sense of suffocation that

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Curating Conflict

Four Exhibitions on Jerusalem

Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor

social media, featuring photoshopped images of the dress displaying, for instance, the separation wall instead of the Temple Mount. A further example of this open, critical, and explorative approach was the so-called Film-Rotunda labeled “Conflict” in