Gaza and the One-State Reality

Author
Tareq Baconi
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal of Palestine Studies
Volume
50
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
2021
Institution
Institute for Palestine Studies
Abstract
In contemporary conversations around Israel/Palestine, the Gaza Strip is construed as a state of exception, rendering the territory either hypervisible or entirely invisible. Through the prism of the Covid-19 pandemic and Israel’s possible de jure annexation of portions of the West Bank, this piece argues that rather than being exceptional, the Gaza Strip represents the very embodiment of Israeli settler colonialism in Palestine. Its isolation and de-development constitute the endpoint of Israel’s policies of land theft and Palestinian dispossession. This endpoint, referred to as Gazafication, entails the confinement of Palestinians to urban enclaves entirely surrounded by Israel or Israeli-controlled territory. The Trump plan, otherwise known as the “deal of the century,” along with the Covid- 19 crisis, have inadvertently exposed the reality of Gaza as an enclave of the one-state paradigm.
Topic
State Violence, Settler Colonialism, Nation-State, COVID-19
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Gaza