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Belonging, memory and the politics of planning in Israel

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This paper focuses on contradictory expressions of memory and belonging of Jews and Palestinians in Israel. It examines the conflicts over planning procedures, which engage such contradictory memories, and belonging at the national and local scales of planning. It explores how the dynamics of power relations can operate differently at each level and can result in planning resolutions, which link in different ways to the constructions of memory and belonging of Jews and Palestinians. The paper begins with an overview of the expressions of belonging and commemoration at the national scale of planning; in the agenda of the Council for the Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites (CRPHS) in Israel and the rhetoric of the government National Master Plan of Israel (TAMA/35). It challenges this rhetoric in two local planning events: ‘the road and the graveyard' and the ‘new Jewish neighbourhood and the old Palestinian village'.

Keywords: Jews; Palestinians; belonging; memory; planning; power relations

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography and Human Environment, Tel Aviv University, POB 39040, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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