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Crossing the Green Line Between the West Bank and Israel by Avram S. Bornstein

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 meantime borders, yet new everlasting checkpoints and border closures turned critical 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 set passing via those checkpoints--specifically those who mark the fairway Line, the geopolitical border setting apart the West financial institution from Israel proper--and how their life impacts the way of life of West financial institution Palestinians.With unheard of entry to firsthand money owed, Avram S. Bornstein explores the complicated courting among Israeli Arabs, Jews, and West financial institution Palestinians within the top culture of ethnographic inquiry and player commentary. through describing the standard lives of West financial institution Palestinians with whom he lived and labored, Bornstein unearths that Palestinian agriculture and became so critically constrained through Israeli border guidelines 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 compelled to dwell within the West financial institution, as their socioeconomic occasions fluctuate dramatically from these of family residing just a couple of miles at the different facet of the border.

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Being Jewish was always a topic, merely because it was so odd and had to be explained to every new person I met, but I felt judged by my character and behavior, not by the conditions of my birth. I always believed my actions might be under close scrutiny, but everyone seemed to feel watched by their family and neighbors in the village. These dialogues and dialectics of my fieldwork in the context of the larger political struggles had a tremendous impact on the methodology I chose to use and the subjects I chose to investigate.

These conditions made my stay and subsequent visits easier, but were based upon the real life inequality between Palestinians and foreigners. I could come and go, to the beach in Tel Aviv, to Jordan, Europe, almost anywhere, while they could not even get to their ArabIsraeli cousins ten kilometers away for a wedding on the weekend without fear. As for the reception given to me by Palestinians, during the Intifada, when I first began to visit the territories, I was made to feel welcomed as part of the sympathetic foreign community familiar in the Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem areas.

23 Those with money or family connections settled in Arab cities like Beirut, Cairo, and Amman, or in Europe. The partition was not only devastating for those displaced by or living within the new state of Israel, but also for those communities that received refugees. The arrival of about 300,000 refugees in the West Bank intensified the land shortage that had already been present. The new border also separated thousands of Palestinians in the hills from their work in the coastal towns and plantations (Brand 1988: 149).

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