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2016

Issue . 65
P. 5
Features
Jerusalem Live: What Does Settler Colonialism Look Like?
ABSTRACT

What does settler colonialism look like in the eyes of Palestinian women? How does it appear to Aida, a 29-year-old pregnant woman from occupied East Jerusalem? How is state terror inscribed on her body? What do we see, or do we not see, in settler-colonized East Jerusalem? What do we hear? Smell? Feel? Sense? What can be said and what remains silent?

Let me take you on a brief journey into the aesthetics and politics of settler colonial technologies of violence and what I term the colonizer’s occupation of the senses, as Israel’s everyday terror aims to erase the truth of Palestinian experience. Such colonial liquidation of truth faced Aida as a non-resident in her home and city of birth, and this is why she decided to take the risk to challenge such untruth.