Understanding Israel’s “System of Domination”

The process of Jewish expansion over Palestinian land has involved maintaining a “system of domination,” says author Nathan Thrall on this week’s Intercepted. In order to constrict “Palestinians into tighter and tighter space” over the decades, Israel has deployed a strict permit system, movement restrictions, walls, fences, segregated roads, and punitive actions such as arrests and detentions, even of children.

In “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy,” Thrall’s book, published just before the start of the current war, tells the story of one Palestinian man’s struggle to navigate Israel’s painful system of legal and security controls after his son’s school bus is involved in a fatal accident. Thrall joins host Murtaza Hussain in a discussion about the system of control that Israel maintains over Palestinians, violence in the West Bank, the future outlook for a negotiated solution to the conflict in Gaza, and possible escalation amid fighting at Israel’s northern border.

“A Day in the Life of Abed Salama” is a 2024 nonfiction Pulitzer Prize winner. Thrall is also the author of “The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine.”

Transcript coming soon.

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