National Planning in Israel

Exclusion and Domination Strategies

  • Author: Yousef Jabareen
  • Translator: Salim Salama, Salafah Hijjawi
  • Number of Pages: 313
  • ISBN: 978-9950-330-89-4
  • Date of update: Wednesday, 23 October 2013
  • Price: $8.00
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Ramallah: The Palestinian Form of Israeli Studies - MADAR published “National Planning in Israel: Strategies of Hegemony and Exclusion” by Yousef Jabarin. The book unravels the conditions under which the policies of Israeli national planning were born, their giving fathers, and the expansionist exclusionist ideology that stands behind it, and many circumstances and dark sides related to this issue.

The book shows that Israel, since its early days, had three systems that worked hand in hand in harmony and absolute complementarity to control the land and borders and to build its state on the rubble of the Palestinian people. Those three systems are comprised of the advanced military system, which captured that land and continued to expel the Arabs and prevent their return, the legislative and the judicial systems together, as the legislator represented by the Knesset, used the laws inherited from the British Mandate, developed them and drafted many new laws in an unprecedented manner, in the field of land confiscation and control. The third system is the urban planning system, which started working years before the military system!

The main goals of the urban planning was to quickly settle the Jews in towns within the urban space of the destroyed Palestinian towns, and to distribute the Jewish inhabitants according to geopolitical strategies on the borders of the state, in the Galilee, Negev and Jerusalem, and wherever the Palestinians remained after their Nakba.

What is also interesting, according to the book, that the military apparatus, represented by the Israeli Army, has broad powers in the issues of urban planning, and that it is independent from the civil urban planning system. The army plans and develops, and has jurisdiction over vast amounts of land, owned and controlled by the army until this day. Thus, the military system can be seen as a “planning state” within the civil state.

The book shows that the three systems were able to set-up more than 1200 new Jewish towns, and to control 93% of the land in the state, and transfer it to the control of the state and its systems, while the Arabs are left with less than 2.5% of the land. In addition, all destroyed and evacuated Arab towns and cities have become under the control of the state.

A special part of the book is dedicated to explain the deep change in the urban space of the city of Jerusalem, and how the Israeli planning services remodeled the city according to the Israeli geopolitical goals.

The book also addresses the plans to Judaize the Negev up-to the Prawer Plan, showcasing the ironing of trying to group the Palestinians in the smallest possible area, while spreading the Jews, even in small numbers over the largest possible stretch of land, and uncovering all projects of expulsion and transfer on blatant and arrogant ethnic grounds.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.