The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories

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The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Published Date: 10 August 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1851685875

 Drawing on personal stories from both sides of the conflict, NGO records and eyewitness accounts, Pappe’s investigation of the ‘biggest prison on earth’ exposes the brutalising effects of occupation, from the systematic abuse of human and civic rights, such as military roadblocks, mass arrests, property demolitions and house searches, to the forced population transfers, annexation of land, proliferation of unlawful settlements and the infamous Separation Wall that is rapidly turning the West Bank into an open prison.

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Reviewed by: Hanaa Hasan

Professor Ilan Pappé’s latest book, “The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories”, is a review of Israeli policy towards the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The historian sheds light on the mechanism that has been created to rule millions of Palestinians, who have effectively lived in an open air prison for 50 years. In...

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