Insurgent Infrastructure: Tunnels of the Gaza Strip

  • Toufic Haddad Arab Council for Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Al Azhar University, (Gaza) and Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University (Birzeit, West Bank).
Keywords: tunnels, politics of verticality, Gaza Strip, separation control, apartheid, captured infrastructure

Abstract

This article explores the emergence of tunnels within the Gaza Strip. It argues that tunnels emerged as an implicit response to Israeli policies of separation and control, and the increasingly sophisticated means used to realize these ends during the peace process and thereafter. The latter included approaches that actively embraced a “politics of verticality,” incorporating a volume-based approach to Israeli geopolitical interests and designs. Tunnels would come to reify an insurgent impetus vis-à-vis Israeli ideological, political and military doctrines on the one hand, and the structured dependency and ineffectiveness of the Palestinian Authority on the other. Their emergence speaks to the organization and coagulation of many externalities generated by both dynamics, which effectively captured existent infrastructural assemblages toward colonial imperatives.

Author Biography

Toufic Haddad, Arab Council for Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Al Azhar University, (Gaza) and Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University (Birzeit, West Bank).
Toufic Haddad recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Al Azhar University, (Gaza), and Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University (Birzeit, West Bank). This article was made possible through the support of the Arab Council of the Social Sciences by a grant from the Internationl Development Research Center (IDRC). The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.
Published
2018-06-14
How to Cite
Haddad, T. “Insurgent Infrastructure: Tunnels of the Gaza Strip”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 10, June 2018, pp. 71-85, doi:10.17192/meta.2018.10.7594.