The Conflict over Jerusalem: A Settler-Colonial Perspective

  • Awad Mansour
  • Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, May 2018, Edinburgh University Press
  • DOI: 10.3366/hlps.2018.0176

Israeli settler-colonialism in occupied East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa protests of July 2017

What is it about?

Israel policies and practices in occupied East Jerusalem involve what Edward Said called Orientalism and an adapted form of a modern system of control described by Michel Foucault which uses coercion, bureaucracy and surveillance. As and on-going settler-colonialism, it also draws from other settler-colonial experiences from the 19th century. Yet, despite these measures, Palestinian protests in Jerusalem took place during July 2017, highlighting the significance of the holy sites in the city - in this case the Al-Aqsa Mosque - to the colonized Palestinians, and the affiliated peoples beyond.

Why is it important?

The article uses concepts by Edward Said, Fayez Sayegh, Patrick Wolfe, Michel Foucault, Rod Macneil and Fredrick Jackson Turner to unpack and dissect the power manifested in settler-colonial policies and practices focusing on the Palestinians in Jerusalem.


Awad Mansour
Al-Quds University

Seventy years after the Nakba Jerusalem still remains a conflict area with implications that reverberate on multiple levels locally and beyond. This article and the other articles in this special issue of the Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, provide valuable analysis about the settler-colonial dynamics at work in Jerusalem and upon the Palestinians living there.

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