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The Joshua GenerationIsraeli Occupation and the Bible$
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Rachel Havrelock

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691198934

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691198934.001.0001

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End This War

End This War

(p.214) Conclusion End This War
The Joshua Generation

Rachel Havrelock

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides a conclusion with an appeal to end the war between Israel and Palestine and its shrinking band of oligarchic beneficiaries. It follows the impacts of the war by visiting the southern coastline, where constant siege causes Gaza's wastewater to stream into the sea where it is then sucked up by desalination pipes to become Israeli drinking water. It explains how this drinking water flows through pipes designed by David Ben-Gurion as he pored over the Book of Joshua and yet subverted his vision of nationalized water by falling under privatized ownership. The chapter also illustrates how the restrictive and violent occupation that suppresses Palestinian sovereignty is parallel to Israelis' experience in eroding jurisdiction as they lose public assets and benefits to private equity. It ends by reviewing the decentralized politics of the second half of the Book of Joshua and compares it to how Ben-Gurion's cohort took the first half of Joshua and thought about localized and confederated forms of governance as a template for a politics of place that offers a range of inhabitant jurisdiction over their resources and labor.

Keywords:   oligarchic beneficiaries, nationalized water, David Ben-Gurion, Book of Joshua, privatized ownership, Palestinian sovereignty, private equity, public assets, decentralized politics

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