Messianic time, settler colonial technology and the elision of Palestinian presence in Jerusalem's historic basin

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Busbridge, Rachel. (2020). Messianic time, settler colonial technology and the elision of Palestinian presence in Jerusalem's historic basin. Political Geography. 79, p. Article: 102158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102158
AuthorsBusbridge, Rachel
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Advancing the settler colonial paradigm through a temporal perspective on territoriality, this article argues that the Jewish messianic idea is a distinctive feature of Israeli settler colonialism and an important element of Zionist territorial production. Specifically, the article contends that messianic time constitutes a specific settler colonial technology of domination which finds place-based expression in the ‘historic basin’ of occupied East Jerusalem. This is illustrated through two sites: the City of David archaeological park in the Palestinian village of Silwan and the Temple Mount/Haram al-Shariff, current home of the Dome of the Rock and prophesised location of the Third Jewish Temple. Both are at the frontier of settlement in the historic basin and the messianic conception of a mythical past and redemptive future aids claims to territorial exclusivity by ‘disappearing’ Palestinians in the present. The article concludes by reflecting on the value of an analytical focus on time for settler colonial scholarship on Israel-Palestine and in political geography more broadly.

KeywordsIsrael-Palestine; settler colonialism; territoriality; temporality; Messianism; Jerusalem
Year2020
JournalPolitical Geography
Journal citation79, p. Article: 102158
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN0962-6298
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102158
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85079389742
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Deposited06 Dec 2021
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