Author Archives: Gershon Shafir

About Gershon Shafir

Gershon Shafir is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and the founding Director of its Human Rights Program. He received his B.A.s in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or editor of ten books, among them: Land, Labor, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914, co-author with Yoav Peled of Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship, which won the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Award in 2002, and A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict published in April 2017 by UC Press.

The Transformative Occupations of Palestine

This post appears in conjunction with a dossier on transformative occupations in Humanity issue 8.2 There are two schools of thought on transformative occupations. Adam Scheffer narrowly contrasts it with the international humanitarian law (IHL) concept of belligerent occupation, whose main hallmark is its temporary character.[1] Nehal Bhuta offers a broad historical version, running the gamut from the occupatio bellica of the post-Napoleonic settlement to transformative humanitarian interventions both in the post-WWII and the post-Cold War era, and more recently in Iraq. The 20th century Continue reading →