The formation of a discourse
in Thorough surveillance
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In the autumn of 1948, while the eventful war was drawing to an end, David Ben-Gurion, who led the organized Jewish community, the Yishuv, to what has been described in the media and history books as a miraculous victory. Beyond the contingencies of the first elections, the question regarding the existence of a Palestinian minority in Israel needed thorough evaluation. Indeed, various meetings took place throughout the next three years, 1949 to 1952, with the participation of leading politicians and Arabists. MK Zalman Aran raised two points: the first, on the Arab leadership, a focal point in the emerging Israeli discourse. The second, regarding the representations and the stereotyping of Palestinians in Israeli society and media, an issue which would be disregarded for several decades. Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, a politician and Arabist and later the second President, highlighted certain aspects of the Israeli discourse, particularly with regard to demography.

Thorough surveillance

The genesis of Israeli policies of population management, surveillance and political control towards the Palestinian minority


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