Society for Cultural Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Girl Incarcerated, is an academic study about the many ways Israeli settler colonialism and militarism occupy the social spheres of Palestinian children and brings to the forefront the struggles of Palestinian Summud and resistance in the occupied territories. More precisely, the goals are to study cases of the wrongfully jailed under-age Palestinian girls and boys in Israeli prisons and detention centers over the last decade and to understand how the Israeli military apparatus stifles their everydayness and invades their bodies, spirits, and subjectivities. In particular, this study focuses on how the Israeli state entraps and disciplines Palestinian children through the organized violence of military courts and the brutal institutionalized laws of detention and indefinite incarceration. Beyond the academic study, this research records the oral history of Palestinian peaceful resistance in the occupied territories as narrated by children, family members, activists, and lawyers from ADDAMEER organization legal Aid Unit and other organizations who collectively act as eyewitnesses on the conditions of mistreatment that these wrongfully jailed under-age young Palestinians systematically endure in Israeli prisons and detention centers. In this context, the analysis also exposes the many layers between the participation of young activists in peaceful resistance movements against the occupation and the discursive configurations of the Palestinian child in Israeli media as an easily deployable threat to be contained, pacified, incarcerated or, when necessary, exterminated.