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Issue . 80
P. 8
Nation or Industry: The Non-Electrification of Nablus

Abstract: This article highlights one component of the historical conjuncture that generated the two most salient facts of the Arab-Israeli conflict: that in the nationalist struggle over Palestine, Jews achieved statehood and Palestinians did not. Since what is at issue here is as much why something did not happen as why something did, this paper approaches the topic from the perspective of a non-event, namely the fact that the Palestinian town of Nablus, located in what is today the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was never connected to Mandate Palestine’s electric grid.


Keywords: Electrification; Nablus; Palestine; Zionism; Pinhas Rutenberg; Arab-Israeli Conflict; the Arab Revolt; technological momentum.