Limits of dissent, perils of activism: Spaces of resistance and the new security logic

Merav Amir, Hagar Kotef

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On 26 December 2003 an Israeli activist was shot by the Israeli Army while he was participating in a demonstration organized by Anarchists Against the Wall (AAtW) in the West Bank. This was the first time Israeli Soldiers have deliberately shot live bullets at a Jewish-Israeli activist. This paper is an attempt to understand the set of conditions, the enveloping frameworks, and the new discourses that have made this event, and similar shootings that soon followed, possible. Situating the actions of AAtW within a much wider context of securitization-of identities, movements, and bodies-we examine strategies of resistance which are deployed in highly securitized public spaces. We claim that an unexpected matrix of identity in which abnormality is configured as security threat render the bodies of activists especially precarious. The paper thus provides an account of the new rationales of security technologies and tactics which increasingly govern public spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-688
Number of pages18
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

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  • Activism
  • Anarchists Against the Wall
  • Critical security studies
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Queer theory


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