Animal Frontiers: A Tale of Three Zoos in Israel/Palestine

Irus Braverman

SUNY Buffalo Law School

April 5, 2013

Cultural Critique, Issue 85, Fall 2013
SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-034

Situated within fifty miles of each other at the heart of Israel-Palestine, three zoos — Jerusalem, Qalqilya, and Gaza — tell three very different stories about nonhuman animals, humans, and their imbricated survival across borders and at times of war. Through in-depth interviews with personnel from these three zoos, this article tracks the material and symbolic identities of three zoo animals. Yet the article is not just about animals; it is also a story about nationalism and its clandestine manifestations in ideologies of conservation. I argue here that alongside the straightforward story about sustaining wildlife, Israeli zoos’ control of zoo animals is a form of postcolonial ecology: an indirect penetration of the nation-state through nongovernmental means — and in the name of conservation.

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Keywords: zoos, Israel/Palestine, postcolonial ecology, animal frontiers, ethnography, Zionism and conservation, bare life, posthuman studies, animal-human relations, Heidegger, etatization

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Date posted: April 7, 2013 ; Last revised: September 15, 2014

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Braverman, Irus, Animal Frontiers: A Tale of Three Zoos in Israel/Palestine (April 5, 2013). Cultural Critique, Issue 85, Fall 2013; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-034. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2245796

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