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Thanatotactics

ByEYAL WEIZMAN

On September 13, 2005-the day aer the day aer-when the Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip was completed, the ground bases of the occupation were relocated to the airspace over the strip, to the territorial waters o its coastline and to the border terminals along the fences that cut it o from the rest of the world. e geography of occupation has thus completed a 90-degree turn: the imaginary “orient”—the exotic object of colonization-was no longer beyond the horizon, but now under the vertical tyranny of a Western airborne civilization that remotely managed its most sophisticated and advanced technological platforms, sensors, and munitions above.