Thursday, January 22, 2009

Landscapes of Occupation in Palestine

Interesting video, h/t P U L S E. A brief description:
Ex-Communicated tells the story of Israeli occupation in Palestine through the genre of landscape and the perspective of a camera lens. In his series of remarkable photographs, Gary Fields, a professor of communication at the University of California, San Diego takes us behind the walls, gates, and fences of this deliberately fragmented geography in revealing Palestinian life under Israeli military rule. What he shows in these images is how the forces of occupation use the landscape as an instrument of control over Palestinians and a mechanism for dispossessing them of land and property. Much of this story is untold and largely unseen. These photos convey forcefully how the process of enclosure on the landscape has “ex-communicated” Palestinians, immobilizing them into ever-diminishing spaces, while at the same time inspiring them into heroic acts of peaceful resistance.
When discussing genocide, much of what is presented in the video will be quite helpful. There is little doubt that the ultimate aim by disrupting economic and agricultural patterns by changing the very landscape (along with of course the usual bombings and such) is to leave the Palestinian diaspora natally alienated and socially dead.

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