Unfree in Palestine
Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction
Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St. @ Bathurst subway)
Friday, June 14 @ 7:00 pm
The newly published book, Unfree in Palestine, chronicles how millions of Palestinians have been denationalized through the bureaucratic tools of census, population registration, blacklisting and a discriminatory legal framework. Based on extensive fieldwork, Unfree in Palestine reveals the role played by identity documents in Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians, from the red passes of the 1950s to the orange, green and blue passes of today. Identity documents are used by Israel as a means of coercion, extortion, humiliation and informant recruitment. IDs and population registers threaten Palestinian livelihoods, freedom of movement and access to basic services such as health and education.
About the author
Nadia Abu-Zahra is Assistant Professor of Globalization and Development at the University of Ottawa. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and has worked across the Middle East, Asia, and Central America. She is the author of 12 articles and book chapters on mobility in Palestine.