Conservation of heritage as a non-violent resistance against foreign occupation / Ziad M. M. Shehada, Naziaty Mohd Yaacob and Nila Inangda Manyam Keumala

M. Shehada, Ziad M. and Mohd Yaacob, Naziaty and Keumala, Nila Inangda Manyam (2013) Conservation of heritage as a non-violent resistance against foreign occupation / Ziad M. M. Shehada, Naziaty Mohd Yaacob and Nila Inangda Manyam Keumala. Built Environment Journal (BEJ), 10 (2). pp. 83-102. ISSN 1675-5022

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The conservation of old buildings and monuments with heritage value around the world is implemented as an effort to preserve, highlight and honour historical, cultural and religious significance. But it is entirely different in Palestine today. Here, the process of conservation took on a
more drastic task of being a tool of resistance against foreign occupation. Building conservation becomes a necessity for much needed economic and social development. This article focuses on politics and space in Hebron (Al Khalil) city, one of the victims of the ongoing Palestine-Israeli conflict. The research methodology adopted followed the adaptive and analytical methods to analyse the urban space creation in old Hebron, a conflict of two entirely different objectives from two opposing political divides; colonializing projects of dismemberment by a foreign power and conservation as well as revitalization attempts of oppressed, rightful citizens. These conservation and revitalization projects target the rehabilitation of the social and urban fabric through spatial analysis of maps between 1994 and 2007. This article will show that illegal Israeli settlements created a splitting built-up geography which successfully isolated people according to ethno-national, gender and social classes. Their main aim is 'urbicide' However, to a certain extent, the rehabilitation projects in 1996 managed to foil this insidious attempt, blocking or redirecting the Israeli occupation sprawl.


Item Type: Article
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M. Shehada, Ziad M.
Mohd Yaacob, Naziaty
Keumala, Nila Inangda Manyam
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology > Historic sites. Cultural property
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > Hebron
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > Protection, assistance and relief > Rehabilitation
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > Cultural property. Art and war. Protection of monuments and art works during wartime. Lost works of art
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Journal (BEJ)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Built Environment Journal (BEJ)
ISSN: 1675-5022
Volume: 10
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 83-102
Keywords: Rehabilitation, Heritage, Non-Violent Resistance, Foreign Occupation, Hebron
Date: 2013
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