The perimeter around the occupied Gaza Strip continues to be transformed into a sophisticated system of fences, forts, and surveillance technologies. With each Israeli incursion, a military no-go area, or a 'buffer zone,' has been produced along Gaza's 'borders', extending deep into Palestinian residential areas and farmlands— isolating the Gaza Strip from the rest of Palestine.
Since 2014, the bulldozing of Palestinian lands by the Israeli occupation forces has been complemented by unannounced aerial spraying of military herbicides, further placing Israeli apartheid policies within the colonial matrix of chemical warfare. Today, the spraying has destroyed entire swaths of arable land in Gaza, forcibly changing a once-lush Palestinian landscape, and providing the Israeli army with the visibility to target farmers and civilians with lethal force from a distance.
This book is a vivid document of this latest stage of Israeli warfare, including original maps, images, and visualizations that deepen our understanding of its environmental and human impact. It collects new documents, original archival materials, stills of drone footage, first-hand testimonies of farmers, organizers, and protesters, and documents that affected vegetation in Gaza as 'silent witnesses' to Israeli settler-colonial violence.
About the Author
Shourideh C. Molavi is a writer and scholar in political science and urban studies. She is the dedicated Palestine-Israel researcher at Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, and teaches in the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland. She is the author of Stateless Citizenship: The Palestinian-Arab Citizens of Israel. || Eyal Weizman is an architect and the founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of over 15 books, including Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation.