At first glance, the book Palestinian Citizens of Israel appears to be an exploration of the multiple strategies Palestinians exercise in making claims to their own spaces, politics, and cultures while subjected to colonial conditions. However, Sharri Plonski's book is more than just an exploration. In fact, it contextualizes and historicizes the resistance of Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCIs) to the state's continuous practices of displacement, as well as their persistence in holding on to their spaces in the face of dispossession. The book contours the practices and policies that the Israeli state—driven by Zionist ideology—orchestrates to further displace, dispossess, and dominate Palestinians. The author examines how the state perceives Palestinians who live within the 1948 armistice lines (that is, inside Israel proper) as a threat to Jewish demographic superiority, regarding their spaces as a disruption to geographic continuity, and subjects them to further erasure, containment, relocation, or segregation. The...
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Book Review| May 01 2020
Review: Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, by Sharri Plonski
Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, by Sharri Plonski.
2017. 384 pages. $84.00 cloth, $59.40 e-book.
Journal of Palestine Studies (2020) 49 (3): 91–93.
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Nayrouz Abu Hatoum; Review: Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, by Sharri Plonski. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 May 2020; 49 (3): 91–93. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2020.49.3.91
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