This article foregrounds how international aid and the Israeli occupation intersect in the historically prosperous West Bank agricultural village of Jayyus; with most of its lands isolated behind the Israeli Wall, Jayyus is now aid-dependent. While material aid plays a larger role in sustaining the village, it is through “advocacy work” (a form of international aid largely unaddressed in the literature) that Jayyusis experience aid on a daily basis. The article examines the paradoxes of dependence and subordination seen from the vantage point of local communities under the jurisdiction of an occupying power and in the absence of a sovereign Palestinian state. Also shown is how the routinization of aid both obscures the ongoing status of occupation and has become an important mechanism that sustains it.
Aid and Occupation: Maintaining the Status Quo in Palestine
Irene Calis is an anthropologist who currently lectures at the University of Cambridge, in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. She wishes to thank Linda Butler and Nejm Benessaiah for their editorial feedback, and Martha Mundy and Deborah James for their comments on the original text upon which this article is based.
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Irene Calis; Aid and Occupation: Maintaining the Status Quo in Palestine. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2013; 42 (3): 10–28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2013.42.3.10
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