Notes
Introduction
The Haraway quotation appears on p. 146 of “Situated Knowledge.”
1. daar (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) is an art and architecture collec-
tive and a residency program based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. The founding members of
the collective include Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, and Eyal Weizman. Numerous artists
and architects have taken part in various projects installed by daar since its establish-
ment in 2007. See “Vision,” http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/visibility/.
2. Built by the British Mandate army during the mid- 1930s Arab Revolt, Oush Grab
is located on the highest hill at the southern entrance to the Palestinian city of Beit
Sahour, east of Bethlehem. After 1948 the area became a military base of the Jordan
Legion, and after 1967 it became an Israeli military base. From 1967 through 2006,
when the Israeli military abruptly evacuated the base, many of the Palestinian houses
surrounding the camp were destroyed, and inhabitants of Beit Sahour had to endure
the ongoing invasive lighting projected onto the town from the military watch tower
located at the summit of the hill just above. After the evacuation in 2006 (also resulting
in the demolition of many Palestinian homes and the destruction of other Palestinian
property), the camp was left in rubble aside from a few concrete buildings that were left
standing at the summit. As of February 2010, the Israeli army reoccupied the summit and
preparations for the construction of a new watchtower were put in place, thus effec-
tively placing the entire renovated area (and the Bethlehem area at large) under direct
Israeli militarized surveillance.
3. The origin of the phrase “a land without a people for a people without a land” is
in fact not Zionist or Jewish but Christian. It was coined and propagated by nineteenth-
century Christian clergymen advocating for the Jewish return to the land of Israel as
part of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. The first Zionist use of the term came only
in the early twentieth century when Israel Zangwill wrote in the New Liberal Review that
“Palestine is a country without a people; the Jews are a people without a country.” For a
detailed account of the history of the phrase and its critique see Diana Muir, “‘A Land
without a People for a People without a Land.’”
4. In a long interview from 1998, Ben Tsion Netanyahu, father of the Israeli Prime
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