Dromoelimination: Accelerating settler colonialism in Palestine

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Abstract

This paper examines the eliminatory speed of Israeli settler colonialism, particularly the ways in which settler organizations aim to accelerate the pace of elimination at the colonial frontiers in Palestine. We show, by focusing on the settler NGO Regavim, how such settler entrepreneurs constantly develop new techniques that challenge the slow and creeping eliminatory pace of state’s administrative, legal and security bodies with an intensifying eliminatory speed we call ‘dromoelimination’. By closely elaborating the ongoing events in the West Bank village of Susiya, we argue that dromoelimination operates, firstly, through accelerative state-settler dynamics that traverses beyond the eliminatory functions of the state while at the same time fundamentally reconfiguring them; and secondly, by turning Palestinian life and struggle against dispossession, forced displacement and destruction increasingly vulnerable to intensified temporalities of ‘depleting time’. Settler colonialism, we contend, becomes comprehensible in a more tangible, complex and spatially nuanced terms when looked through the speed and pace of its movement: that is, through intensified and accelerated eliminatory rhythms – of dromoelimination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-412
JournalENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D: SOCIETY AND SPACE
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Palestine
  • Israel
  • settler colonialism
  • acceleration
  • politics of speed
  • dromoelimination
  • Regavim
  • military occupation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

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