Control Food, Control People: The Struggle for Food Security in Gaza
Publisher: 
Institute for Palestine Studies
Publication Year: 
2013
Language: 
English
Number of Pages: 
70
Keywords: 
Gaza
occupation
food
Rami Zurayk
Anne Gough
Abstract

Control Food, Control People examines the relation between Israeli strategies of control over Palestinians and the fostering of food insecurity in the Gaza Strip. The authors begin by documenting the current state of food and food production in Gaza. They then develop an integrative theoretical framework to identify the food security determinants that are commonly overlooked in the conventional definition of food security. Using this framework, and relying on primary and secondary data, they analyze the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and culture. The picture that emerges is that food insecurity is not a side effect of the occupation but rather a strategic goal pursued by all Israeli governments. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rami Zurayk is professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and director of the Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program at the American University of Beirut. His latest book: Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring was published in 2011 by Just World Books.

Anne Gough is a researcher on the political ecology of food and farming systems. In Palestine, she worked with the Palestine Wildlife Society to create a survey of native Palestinian plant and bird species. In Lebanon, she was an instructor with the Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program at the American University of Beirut. She is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

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