Belonging, memory and the politics of planning in Israel

Tovi Fenster*

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This paper focuses on contradictory expressions of memory and belonging of Jews and Palestinians in Israel. It examines the conflicts over planning procedures, which engage such contradictory memories, and belonging at the national and local scales of planning. It explores how the dynamics of power relations can operate differently at each level and can result in planning resolutions, which link in different ways to the constructions of memory and belonging of Jews and Palestinians. The paper begins with an overview of the expressions of belonging and commemoration at the national scale of planning; in the agenda of the Council for the Restoration and Preservation of Historic Sites (CRPHS) in Israel and the rhetoric of the government National Master Plan of Israel (TAMA/35). It challenges this rhetoric in two local planning events: 'the road and the graveyard' and the 'new Jewish neighbourhood and the old Palestinian village'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-417
Number of pages15
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


FundersFunder number
Consejo para la Restauración y Conservación de Sitios Históricos en Israel y la retórica del Plan General Nacional de Israel


    • Belonging
    • Jews
    • Memory
    • Palestinians
    • Planning
    • Power relations


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