Ramona Wadi has reviewed Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay’s book, Unfree in Palestine: Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction (Pluto, 2012) on Jews for Justice for Palestinians’ (JFJFP) website.
It’s an excellent, concise summary of the book, dealing with each chapter and section in turn, elucidating many of its key themes with stories and examples. Wadi writes:
Providing a thorough analysis of the Israeli occupation’s extermination of freedom, the book concludes significantly with hope as a variant of resistance against assimilation. It is not a vague concept; rather a culture of survival and resistance against the occupation which seems to be gaining momentum within the international community. Denationalisation has failed to de-motivate Palestinians, who perceive their everyday reality as a basis for an ongoing struggle. Outlining how the process of denationalisation became a collective struggle, Unfree in Palestine dissects the politics of control to assert the need for a restoration of rights and autonomy.
You can read the review in its entirety by going to the JFJFP site, here.
Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction
Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay
Reveals the role played by identity documents in Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians, from the 1940s to today.
“Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay have produced a remarkable document which describes, with disarming clarity and precision, the process of denationalisation that has been inflicted by the state of Israel on the Palestinians.” – Jacqueline Rose, author The Question of Zion (2005)
“A detailed examination of the use of registration procedures and ID cards of all kinds for controlling the Palestinian population. After this book, no one could fail to understand the centrality of these mechanisms in the occupation of the Palestinian lands.” – John Torpey, author of Making Whole What has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (2006)