By Avram S. Bornstein

On the center of the present Palestinian-Israeli fight lies the query of territorial partition and the institution of sovereignty. The Israeli executive and the Palestinian Authority negotiated intervening time borders, yet new everlasting checkpoints and border closures turned serious difficulties and contributed to the failure of negotiations and the eruption of a brand new rebellion. Crossing the golf green Line among the West financial institution and Israel is ready passing via those checkpoints--specifically those who mark the fairway Line, the geopolitical border keeping apart the West financial institution from Israel proper--and how their lifestyles impacts the everyday life of West financial institution Palestinians.With exceptional entry to firsthand money owed, Avram S. Bornstein explores the advanced dating among Israeli Arabs, Jews, and West financial institution Palestinians within the most sensible culture of ethnographic inquiry and player statement. through describing the typical lives of West financial institution Palestinians with whom he lived and labored, Bornstein finds that Palestinian agriculture and became so critically constrained by means of Israeli border regulations that tens of millions of Palestinians needs to paintings for Israelis, crossing the border illegally each day to get to their jobs. The divide could be felt profoundly through these Palestinians pressured to dwell within the West financial institution, as their socioeconomic occasions range dramatically from these of family dwelling just a couple of miles at the different aspect of the border.

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Although the exact location of the future Jewish state was not clear (some imagined that all the territories claimed by King Solomon, from the Nile to the Euphrates, would be part of the Jewish State, and this ancient biblical map actually appears in relief on the back of the Israeli 10-agorot coin), the British had already defined the Holy Land and the map of Palestine. 18 18:59 Partition and Catastrophe: 1917– 67 In December 1917, toward the end of World War I, Jerusalem surrendered to British troops under General Allenby, and by October 1918 the northern part of the country was also under British administration.

Defense Minister Dayan separated East Jerusalem from the West Bank, made the sur- 6458 Bornstein / CROSSING THE GREEN LINE / sheet 53 of 181 MAKING MAPS REAL 43 rounding towns of Bethlehem, Jericho, and Ramallah independent districts, and separated Tulkarm, Qalqilya, and Jenin from their center, Nablus. This policy created a more fragmented polity by decentralizing authority. Palestinians also suffered from a color coded bureaucracy that distinguished citizens from noncitizen residents of the Occupied Territories.

West Bank residents carried their identification cards in orange holders, Gazans red, and Israeli citizens blue. Similarly, cars were easily distinguishable by their color-coded license plates: Israelis had yellow, West Bankers blue. The blue West Bank plates also had a Hebrew letter that identified the district in which the car was registered. Blue-plated Palestinian cars learned to drive slowly behind army jeeps, keeping a safe distance, and approached Israeli army checkpoints cautiously in order to avoid fatal accidents.

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