Category Archives: Physical Intervention

Employing the physical act of building – the concrete ‘fact on the ground’ – as a means to disrupt the dominant structures of the spatial conflict. This may include acts of defiance that directly reject the de-facto balance of spatio-political power, or interventions realised within the existing political frameworks that point towards an alternative spatial future.

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Building Resilience in Hebron

By Elisa Ferrato, John Lewicki, and Mick Scott This article is co-published with the Open Democracy Cities in Conflict series. On February 14th a clash broke out in the Old City of Hebron as members of the Youth Against Settlements movement prevented a group of … Read More

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Olive Revolution: Challenging the Closure of Jerusalem

Today (26th August), a broad coalition of grassroots activists will descend on Jerusalem from four directions, marching on Israeli checkpoints in Qalandia (Ramallah), Bethlehem, Shu’afat refugee camp and the village of Biddu. The action coincides with the international Youm Al-Quds (Jerusalem Day), which is marked … Read More

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Tent 1948: Challenging Conceptions of ‘Social Justice’ in Israel

by Abir Kopty The following article was originally published on Mondoweiss. It is re-published on arenaofspeculation.org with kind permission from the author. Abir Kopty is a media analyst and consultant and political activist, she is a former city council member in Nazareth & former spokeswoman … Read More

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Freedom Flotilla II: Towards Ending the Siege on Gaza

In the coming week, activists from across the world are taking part in a collective action aimed at ending the siege of Gaza. Freedom Flotilla II (dubbed the “Stay Human” flotilla in memory of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni) is expected to bring together ships from … Read More

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The ‘Housing Intifada’ and Its Aftermath

By Daniel Monterescu This article was originally published under the title ”The ‘Housing Intifada’ and Its Aftermath: Ethno-Gentrification and the Politics of Communal Existence in Jaffa” in Anthropology News, December 2008, pg. 21. (Republished on arenaofspeculation.org with permission from the author.) Jaffa, an ethnically “mixed town” located minutes away … Read More