[Ben Gurion U] Notes from Neve Gordonís lecture: "From Colonization to Occupation: Ex ploring the Structure of Israelís Occupation"

[Ben Gurion U] Notes from Neve Gordon’s lecture: "From Colonization to Occupation: Ex ploring the Structure of Israel’s Occupation"
Neve Gordon is a senior lecturer in politics at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Notes taken from lecture given by Dr. Neve Gordon:

University of Michigan, Tuesday, Feb 12th, 8pm,
From Michigan’s Palestinian Awareness Week Presents: 

Neve Gordon’s Lecture: From Colonization to Occupation: Exploring the Structure of Israel’s Occupation

 Israel has used inconsequential actions towards the Palestinians. In
1981, Israel used force to push Palestinians out of their homes. As a result, they had to learn to drive and farm. He also mentions how hard it was to get driver’s license in Rafa. When Palestinians watched
television, they military assaults on their “people.” Neve Gordon says these actions were “actions to clean streets of Palestinians.”   Now, he mentions how Israel’s occupation has changed from 1967-2000.

Years                             Palestinians Killed                            Annual Average

June1967- Dec.1987                        422                                             22
Dec.1967-Sept.2000                     1,019                                           169

Total                                          1,441

His other question was why use force to control? Neve says “Palestinians methods of violence change and that Israel produces more violent attacks.” Also, these numbers do not reflect the number of deaths in the West Bank and Gaza because they are unknown. I have noticed that Neve Gordon likes to double talk, refuting all his information making him look like an idiot. An example is he says “compare occupations, more killed in
Israel’s.” He said that “in May 2006, 2,000+ Palestinians were killed.” But then he says, “There were more killed in the United States occupation of Iraq, and in Chechnya, but there were far less in Israel.” Also, he mentions “that these attacks had catastrophic effects. These included “captured space in their homes,” “performance of territory, Al-Qaeda stuck and bombed, to justify attacks.” Neve also wants to explain the
differences in the West Bank and Gaza. The first years, small numbers were killed, and now, even more killed. He also says that “Israeli government officials do not want to change their occupation structures,” and Neve Gordon states: “Palestinian actions should be justified.”

 Neve Gordon now wants to explain the two different ways to start
“Colonization and Occupation.” The first way, shifts in change become more lethal. It takes more than one historical event for the transition. The second way becomes now “separation.” He now says that colonization is “when colonizer manages to live on land, maintains and steals resources. An example is when Israel is living in Palestinian land and stealing their water.” Neve mentions “how there are two forms of power Israel uses to keep the Palestinians in control, they are disciplinary, and violent.” The first, “Disciplinary is to normalize every day lives and make economy better. The mission is to supervise and not to influence and control the population.”  The second form, which is “violence, which is to seek the death rate, birth rate, per capita income, etc.” “The violent actions are used to normalize Israel’s occupation and erase Palestinians nationality.” Neve mentions how “Israel uses its sovereign power, which is the use of legal power, police. This exposed different parts of
territories, apply resistance, and tend to appear violent.” The use of sovereign power “showed expropriation and destroy homes of Palestinians.”

 Neve Gordon now gives the audience an insight to the history of Israel’s
occupation. The administration used and emphasized both  forms of power: discontinuous, and violent. “IN 1967, Israel assumed responsibility over education and welfare. The government would exploit labor, water, and the most important parts.” I forgot who Neve said made this comment to Golda Meir, but it goes “You cover dowry, and not bride.” Neve Gordon also used this quote in his class I took in the fall, Arab-Israeli conflict. The dowry represented Israel’s use of the land and the bride were the “so called oppressed Palestinians.” The first two decades of Israel’s occupation were non-violent. In 1970, there was a “Green line. This meant Israel has to stop taking land from Palestinians and give them back their land, and to give aid to help the Palestinians raise their standard of living.” Israel would this to only help their economy and not to help the Palestinians. This would have no penalty on the farmers. This was a form of surveillance (on livestock), and that it did not follow the “green line agreement.” Israel’s policy of livestock and care for them raised the standard of living. It also “meant the Palestinians were cheap labor and raised the standard of living for the Jews.” “Palestinians worked and gave 10-100 of their labor in the territories.” In the years 1972-1981, the West Bank economy grew and developed, also, life expectancy had improved. In Palestinian land, Israel did not allow no new industrial land and water, which restricted growth of the Palestinian economy. This shows that Israel pushed the idea of separating “the Palestinians from their land. Also, it showed how Israel tried to normalize their
occupation of the Palestinians.” On Dec. 17 (did not give year), Israel declared the bible state and land, Judea and Sumaria. The creation of the ancient/new cities were “a violation of the 1949 border agreement.” In 1967, Israel annexes East Jerusalem and makes it a new settlement. In 1987,  the First Intifada regarded the settlements of Israel to moved away from the Palestinians. During the Intifada, Israel made curfews,
demolished Palestinian homes, and restricted their movement in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The difference in Gaza is that their was armed resistance. The general mood differed in years of Israeli occupation. The first decade, pushed and helped economy of the Palestinians. This helped Israel move in that and contradictions include Palestinians 2 major laborers, generational and incoming. The Palestinians had no leader and had to rely on “elites” to make Israel help the Palestinian people. The elites were the only ones who “could help the Palestinians get a better economy that Israel had made so horrible.” The political power helped the Palestinians form the first Intifada. The unrealistic and separation principle adopted by Israel goes by “We’re here, they’re there.” The “here” part refers to the Israelis, and the “there” part refers to the Palestinians. Neve says: “This principle was “ostensible” because it does not solve, it only alters’ logic. “This does not signify withdraw, reorganizing control on resources, such as land and water.” Instead of Israel doing of these things, Neve says “they won’t withdraw, they continue to occupy these territories.”  Neve Gordon continues to say “This was not peace, but to exist, and control the land in other ways.” I am guessing that Neve Gordon’s favorite part of the lecture was when he discussed the Oslo peace agreements. He said “Israel would have to partition the land and reorganize power in the occupied territories.” The areas were divided into three different areas: A, B, C. Area A would be under Palestinian control, Area B, under both Israel and Palestinian control, and Area C, under Israel control. In 1994, Gordon states “the PA relieved Israel of the toughest job (never specific).” As a result of Oslo, it ended the curfew, and schools and universities were opened up. The Oslo peace accord,, according to Neve Gordon, “ helped the Palestinians get educated on their own, and also, made the Palestinians think that occupation would end.” No one knows if this ever occurred because “there is no accounts how the Palestinians lived in these occupied territories.”
 Finally, Neve Gordon says, “Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians
were for resources and that they had to treat the Palestinians like this to get these resources.” The separation barrier and treatment of the Palestinians, according to Gordon, “were inhumane.” He also addresses why the violence went up in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. “Israel put the Palestinians in ghettos, instituted by one people, and by frontier, which is thinly instituted, which means, lawless violence occurs.” These steps were made and he calls them “ethnic policing.” He also says that “Israel should give homes to the Palestinians that were taken and destroyed.” They created spatial ghettos and the economic sanctions caused violence. The other part, Neve Gordon mentions, is that “Israel created Jewish roads.” He meant that only Jews could travel without “enduring hardships that Arabs and Palestinians have to take.” Israel did this to “control the land and separate the Palestinians from their land and families.” All the policies that Israel made were to “weaken the Palestinians and to make it easier for Israel to take over their land.” He finally mentions that “the one states solution is the best. If it goes to the two-state solution, Israel continues to be an apartheid state.” The final statement he makes in his lecture is that “the only way to get peace is to quote Karl Marx in that both sides must find the best solution: not fantasy.” And one last bit Neve Gordon says: “International law says that they are occupied territories that Israel has captured.”   
My Reactions: Neve Gordon is one of the biggest self-hating Jews I have ever seen. It is no surprise the University of Michigan hired him as a “Visiting Professor.” This University is really anti-Israel and that they had to hire a Jewish person to push the hatred on Israel and Jewish people. The last paragraph, I mentioned how he said Israel made “Jewish roads.” I had whole argument with him during lecture on this statement he made. He said that “Jews are the only ones who can travel without any difficulty, and that makes them Jewish roads.” Another person in the audience made a comment about this statement in his lecture, and he mentioned my “question from last Fall’s class.” Overall, if Ben-Gurion university keeps this man as a professor, they should be ashamed, and people should protest the university’s hiring policies. 

 Philip Mintz, University of Michigan undergraduate student.



Ben-Gurion University