[PAST EVENT] The Settler Movement and the War on Gaza: Political Impasses and Beyond 

February 15, 2024
4:30pm - 6pm
Integrated Science Center (ISC), Room 1127
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Professor Hagar Kotef, SOAS University of London
Professor Hagar Kotef, SOAS University of London

Professor Kotef's talk is part of a Spring Semester series that sets in motion informed conversations among William & Mary students, faculty, and staff about Gaza, Israel, Palestine and the wider Middle East.

Initiated by a faculty consortium of members from Anthropology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Global Studies, Government, Judaic Studies, and International Relations, the series is supported by the Reves Center for International Studies and Arts & Sciences. 

The consortium invites William & Mary faculty interested in inviting speakers or moderating panels on this topic in Fall 2024 to contact the Reves Center at [[international]].  View full Spring 2024 series schedule.

The Settler Movement and the War on Gaza: Political Impasses and Beyond

Already in the 1980s, Meron Benvenisti introduced “the irreversibility thesis,” according to which the deployment of settlements in the West Bank makes the two-states solution impossible. When this thesis was first published, there were roughly 23,000 settlers in the West Bank. Today, there are 465,400 settlers throughout the West Bank and an additional 230,000 in East Jerusalem. In this talk, Hagar Kotef will unfold past, present, and perhaps also future political possibilities in Palestine/Israel, as they have been shaped by the settlers’ movement. She will examine the project of violent land grab, the shaping of the current war over Gaza, and the efforts to re-arrange internal state apparatuses in Israel. 

Sponsored by: Government Department, History Department, International Relations Program, Global Studies Program, AMES Program, the Reves Center, Global Research Institute, and Arts and Sciences


Heather Scully, Department of Government