Femicide and colonization: between the politics of exclusion and the culture of control

Asia and the Pacific


This article explores the murder of women and girls, which we name it Femicide, among the Palestinian community living in Israel. Specifically, it analyzes how the dialectic interrelationship between informal and formal legal-social systems constructs the murders of Palestinian women. The data revealed that femicide is a crime empowered by the wider context of colonization and the increasing spatial segregation of Palestinian communities. The study confirms the need to move beyond simplistic “cultural” explanations of femicide, and pay closer attention to the ways in which the structure, politics, and economy of death function in colonized spaces and contexts.

External Authors

Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian
Suhad Daher-Nashif
The case study of Ramleh examined reveals how the parallel social/tribal legal systems have been maneuvered by the colonial power—Israel—and used as tools to entrench its own power and exercise control over land, minds, and bodies, using women’s bodies and sexualities as the tool and the site of violence.




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