Emptying Palestine


‘Today you have been denied entry to Israel; if you follow my colleague she will escort you back to Jordan.’


The sentence I write above is one that now seems slightly comical. I had until now associated ‘entry denied’ with those who had done wrong, broken the law, or at the very least ‘other’ people. Yet the sentence above was directed at me and its full meaning this time engulfed me and not an ‘other’.

As I write this far away from Palestine, I feel not just the denial of entry but more the separation which comes with it. A deliberate separation, isolation, and dislocation from the space of Palestine and one that illustrates exactly what the occupying power wants – an emptying of Palestine. Despite the creation of Palestine as an independent state in 1993 in the Oslo agreements[1] , Israel controls all borders in and out of…

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