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Thorough Surveillance: The Genesis of Israeli Policies of Population Management, Surveillance, and Political Control Towards the Palestinian Minority

Join the Middle East Institute and Center for Palestine Studies to celebrate the launch of Thorough Surveillance, the new book by Arcapita Visiting Professor in Arab Studies Ahmad Sa 'di (Fall 2013), on Israel's expertise in techniques of surveillance and political control.

We will celebrate the new book by Arcapita Visiting Professor in Arab Studies Ahmad Sa 'di, and other Middle East Institute Faculty publications this year.


Israel has been successful in controlling a native population for a long time. Despite tremendous challenges, it has maintained a tight grip over a large Palestinian population in the territories it occupied in the 1967 war. Moreover, it has effectively contained the Palestinian minority inside its 1948 borders. Although members of the latter group were granted Israeli citizenship, various policies have blocked them from challenging the state's Jewish identity. Israel's continued administration of a large Palestinian population into the twenty-first century represents a serious challenge for scholars and theorists of colonial forms of political control.

Professor Sa'adi will read an excerpt from his book and discuss the central themes of his findings.


We will also celebrate this year's publishing of works by several other Middle East Institute faculty members, including: 

Nadia Abu-El Haj
Lila Abu-Lughod
Hamid Dabashi
Wael Hallaq
Rashid Khalidi
Timothy Mitchell



Middle East Institute

December 5, 2013, 12:30PM
Knox Hall Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street (cross street Broadway)
Columbia University