Doing Justice in Palestine/Israel

"When resistance moves online, and activists and 'citizen journalists' start filming home demolitions carried out by state forces, the way the law maintains its legitimacy must also change. The research focuses on the relationship between minorities and the legal system in the context of the fact that this interaction is being increasingly mediated through so-called, new media. Geographically, the research is situated in Palestine/Israel. It seeks to answer a number of questions: how is the legitimacy of the legal system produced, maintained and resisted? When, how and to what effect do marginalised groups interact with the law? How do courts come to define and defend their jurisdiction especially in relation to changing technological configurations? Two 'types' of legal cases are considered in the research. The first type concerns cases related to arrests for the crime of incitement through social media which is a new felony with rapidly growing numbers of individuals being arrested for this crime in Palestine/Israel, by state forces. The other type of cases the research considers are related to Bedouin land dispossession. By choosing to focus on both types of cases - digital and spatial - I intend to more productively be able to theorise how the state's 'sites of concern' come into legal circulation, and what the effect of the increasing frequency with which judicial institutions must grapple with visual and digital content is. We have to consider the artefacts upon which legal reasoning is grounded (photographs, videos, poems, fingerprints etc) and the technologies which produce and transmit these artefacts (cameras, Facebook, cables, Ninhydrin - the substance used in fingerprint detection). The research seeks to address what is different about the production of justice in an increasingly “media-saturated world” (Ortner, 1998; Mahon, 2000).

PhD Director(s):
Riccardo Bocco
Jury member(s): Grégoire Mallard

 Record created 2017-05-11, last modified 2018-01-29

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