Mediatizing Gaza

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“Gaza Audio-Visual Narrative by a Cyborg: Images by Hashtag” (VJ Um Amel, 2014): http://vjumamel.com/gaza-viz/

This Special Issue on ‘Mediatizing Gaza’, Networking Knowledge 8(2), co-edited and co-introduced with Nour Shreim, features articles from Nour Shreim, Rami Qawariq, Shadi Abu-Ayyash, May Farah, Gary Bratchford, Laila Shereen Sakr (aka VJ Um Amel), and my interview with Helga Tawil-Souri.

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The Digital Occupation of Gaza: An Interview with Helga Tawil-Souri

Helga Tawil-Souri

In this contribution to a Special Issue on Mediatizing Gaza, I interview Helga Tawil-Souri on the significance of digital technology to the Israeli occupation of Gaza. In discussing this, she covers the extent to which Israel’s military, territorial, infrastructural and technological control over Gaza can be considered an occupation and example of settler colonialism. The interview focuses, however, on the processes by which both Israeli occupation and Palestinian attempts at resistance are technologically-mediated and increasingly digitalized. Ultimately, this interview is concerned with explicating the dialectical relation between the digital and the territorial, and critiquing the neoliberal logic that underlies the infrastructural arrangements that make Palestinians dependent upon, yet segregated from, Israel.

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