Implicate Relations

Society and Space in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Juval Portugali

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Juval Portugali
    Pages 1-22
  3. Juval Portugali
    Pages 23-34
  4. Juval Portugali
    Pages 49-67
  5. Juval Portugali
    Pages 68-92
  6. Juval Portugali
    Pages 113-141
  7. Juval Portugali
    Pages 142-155
  8. Juval Portugali
    Pages 175-188
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 189-204

About this book


In his beautiful booklnvisible eities Italo Calvino writes about the two cities ofValdrada, the one which lies on the shores of a lake, and the other which is reflected in the lake and contains not only the exterior of Valdrada on the shores, but also its interior, and probably its inhabitants. "Valdrada's inhabitants know", writes Calvino, "that each of their actions is, at once, that action and its mirror image . . . and this awareness prevents them from succumbing for a single moment to chance and forgetfulness". Such mirror­ image relations are characteristic of the Israeli-Palestinian relations, and the awareness of this property is, to my mind, one of the most dominant experiences in being 'an Israeli. As an Israeli I can testify that Palestinianism is a permanent resident in the personal and collective consciousness of Israelis, and I have good grounds to suppose that Zionism plays a similar role in the personal and collective consciousness of Palestinians. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is thus not only political, but also very personal, and the account I present below is no exception. It is my personal, and in this respect Israeli, perspective of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, with no pretension to a value-free and objective science.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Juval Portugali
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyTel-Aviv UniversityIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4183-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1839-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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