Eyal Weizman: The architecture of power in Israel’s war on the Palestinians

The architecture of colonialism and segregation by Israel is a multi-layered and shifting deployment of techniques of separation and surveillance; multi-layered because the well-known “wall of separation” in the West Bank is but one of a number physical obstacles employed to control, filter and condition the movement of Palestinians, pushing them away from the dominion of the settler colonies, while simultaneously facilitating interventions in nominally Palestinian held territories and shifting because the “walls” can be moved, added to and retracted, while the “walls” of the Palestinian spaces can be bypassed, pierced and/or destroyed.

If a “wall” serves as a physical marker of sovereignty – distinguishing friend from foe –, the plasticity and porosity of “walls”, as state practice-policy, means that who is friend and foe is rendered fluid. Or stated differently, those rendered “barbarians” by separation and exclusion are the creatures of a permanent state of exception, of an “anarchic” power, of the rule of barbarism.

The work of the Israeli architect. writer and activist, Eyal Weizman, has sought to map this architecture of power and violence in ways that reveal dimensions of the exercise of domination that are often neglected or forgotten.

We share below a series of video recorded reports and interviews with Weizman, followed by links to two of his published essays available online.

Eyal Weizman, “Walking Through Walls: Soldiers as architects in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict”, Radical Philosophy, 136, Mar/Apr 2006.

Eyal Weizman, “Forensic architecture: Only the criminal can solve the crime”, Radical Philosophy, 164, Nov/Dec 2010.

Democracy Now! 22/03/2024
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