The colonizer and gendered economic violence: The impact of prolonged Israeli occupation in Palestine on women's economic survival

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Abstract

In this case study, I focus on a specific segment of the Palestinian population: women workers in Israeli settlements. Drawing on interviews conducted mainly among Palestinian female workers in Israeli settlements, I argue that Israeli settlements, which are constructed on Palestinian lands and are deemed illegal under International Law, have a devastating impact on the lives of Palestinians in general and Palestinian women in particular. Due to the difficult economic conditions, lack of alternatives, high unemployment rates, and the gap in wages and quality of life between the Israeli and Palestinian economies, many Palestinian women find no option for employment other than to work in the settlements, under Israeli control, to support themselves and their families. I will reflect on the conditions in which those women find themselves and how the settlements’ economy contributes to greater marginalisation of Palestinian women and socioeconomic disadvantages. The settlements, sites of militarised political control, is the primary theatre of extraction, both of land, resources and labour of thousands of working-class Palestinians, including women.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContinuities of Gendered Violence in Conflict Making Political Economy Visible
Subtitle of host publicationInsights by Young Feminists from the Global South
Pages35-47
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Palestine
  • gender issues
  • violence

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