The Power of Inclusive Exclusion

The Power of Inclusive Exclusion

Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Edited by Adi Ophir, Michal Givoni and Sari Hanafi

Groundbreaking essays by leading Israeli and Palestinian scholars analyze the system of Israeli power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Hardcover $38.95 S £32.00





Groundbreaking essays by leading Israeli and Palestinian scholars analyze the system of Israeli power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

On the eve of its fifth decade, the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories can no longer be considered a temporary aberration. Israel's control over Palestinian life, society, space and land has become firmly entrenched while acquiring more sophisticated and enduring forms. The Power of Inclusive Exclusion analyzes the Israeli occupation as a rationalized system of political rule. With essays by leading Palestinian and Israeli scholars, a comprehensive chronology, photographs, and original documents, this groundbreaking book calls into question prevalent views of the occupation as a skewed form of brutal colonization, a type of Jewish apartheid, or an inevitable response to terrorism. The writers address the fundamental and contemporary dimensions of the occupation regime—its unpredictable bureaucratic apparatus, the fragmentation of space and regulation of movement, the intricate tapestry of law and regulations, the discriminatory control over economic flows and the calculated use of military violence. The Power of Inclusive Exclusion uncovers the structural logic that sustains and reproduces the occupation regime. In a time when military occupations are emerging globally, political disasters abound, and protracted control over groups of noncitizens has been normalized, The Power of Inclusive Exclusion provides a new set of categories crucial to our understanding of emergency regimes and identifies what is at stake for an informed and timely opposition.

Contributors Caroline Abu-Sada, Gadi Algazi, Ariella Azoulay, Orna Ben-Naftali, Yael Berda, Hilla Dayan, Leila Farsakh, Dani Filc, Michal Givoni, Mira Givoni, Neve Gordon, Aeyal M. Gross, Sari Hanafi, Ariel Handel, Keren Michaeli, Adi Ophir, Ronen Shamir, Yehuda Shenhav, Eyal Weizman


$38.95 S | £32.00 ISBN: 9781890951924 648 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 52 b&w illus.


Adi Ophir

Adi Ophir is Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of The Order of Evils: Toward and Ontology of Morals (Zone Books, 2005) and other books.

Michal Givoni

Michal Givoni is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.

Sari Hanafi

Sari Hanafi is Associate Professor of Sociology at American University of Beirut, and is the author of The Emergence of A Palestinian Globalized Elite: Donors, International Organizations and Local NGOs.


  • This is a remarkably powerful book whose very form underscores the precision and thoughtfulness of its conception. For those readers interested in the most incisive analyses to date of the principles that inform the multiple and intricate technologies of Israeli governance over Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, these essays are unparalleled. In a breathtaking set of essays that provide the chronologies of the occupation, the geographies of disaster, and the visual archives of destruction, this collaboration yields more than new insights into how governance is intensified and sustained. It offers an incisive vocabulary that traces the nature of violence in the past and its contemporary acceleration. The Power of Inclusive Exclusion critically recasts what we have understood about the nature of colonization in Palestine while it demands that we ask better questions about the ongoing violence of colonization across a broader global terrain.

    Ann Laura Stoler

    Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research