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On the middle of the present Palestinian-Israeli fight lies the query of territorial partition and the institution of sovereignty. The Israeli executive and the Palestinian Authority negotiated meantime borders, yet new everlasting checkpoints and border closures turned critical difficulties and contributed to the failure of negotiations and the eruption of a brand new rebellion. Crossing the golf green Line among the West financial institution and Israel is ready passing via those checkpoints--specifically those who mark the golf green Line, the geopolitical border setting apart the West financial institution from Israel proper--and how their lifestyles impacts the way of life of West financial institution Palestinians.With extraordinary entry to firsthand money owed, Avram S. Bornstein explores the complicated dating among Israeli Arabs, Jews, and West financial institution Palestinians within the most sensible culture of ethnographic inquiry and player statement. via describing the typical lives of West financial institution Palestinians with whom he lived and labored, Bornstein finds that Palestinian agriculture and became so critically limited by way of Israeli border rules that tens of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians needs to paintings for Israelis, crossing the border illegally on a daily basis to get to their jobs. The divide may be felt profoundly by means of these Palestinians pressured to stay within the West financial institution, as their socioeconomic occasions vary dramatically from these of relations residing just a couple of miles at the different part of the border.

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Palestine was left divided among three state governments. Israel claimed sovereignty over the coastal plains from Ramla to Acre, the Negev, the Galilee, and a corridor to Jerusalem, 77 percent of the land of Palestine (see Map 4). This was a significantly larger territory than the 54 percent demarcated by the UN partition plan. Transjordan controlled and annexed the West Bank including East Jerusalem. Transjordan gave citizenship to the residents and thus added about 400,000 West Bankers and about 400,000 refugees to its pre-partition population of about 340,000 (Brand 1988: 150).

21 They also became detached from the rest of the Arab world, where they were unable to travel with Israeli travel documents. By the beginning of twenty-first century their descendants numbered over one million. 22 About 100,000 fled to Lebanon in the north, about 80,000 to Syria, about 300,000 to the hills of the West Bank, about 180,000 to Gaza in the south, and about 100,000 to the East Bank of the Jordan (Kimmerling and Migdal 1993). 23 Those with money or family connections settled in Arab cities like Beirut, Cairo, and Amman, or in Europe.

28 In 1976, there were 3,176 Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza; by 1979, 10,000; in 1982, over 20,000; by 1987, 57,000. By 1995, there were 147,000 Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories (Settlement Report Spring 1996: 136). By the beginning of the twenty-first century, there were about 400,000 settlers, half of whom were in neighborhoods in and around an expanded Jerusalem. The settlers were an armed-to-the-teeth encampment that confiscated land with impunity from the surrounding one million Palestinians.

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