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Violence during the outbreak of the pandemic

Goal: In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the language of contagion may serve as a metaphor for the proliferation of political and economic crises and the spread of violence. This article examines domestic violence directed toward Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza during the outbreak of the pandemic. We argue that the preventive measures of social distancing, quarantine and lockdown of public spaces had, in this instance, an adverse effect on women who are confined in the domestic spheres with abusive partners. Palestinian women’s oppression is the result of subjection to multiple layers of violence and discrimination, in both public and private spheres, stemming from the Israeli military occupation, prevailing patriarchal norms and practices and gender-based violence. We also contend that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women can be explained through the psychological mechanism of projection. Palestinian men, we suggest, are liable to project their sense of vulnerability, loss of control, and their difficulties coping with the restrictive mechanisms of the lockdown onto women, resulting in a dramatic increase in cases related to gender-based violence.

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Michael Uebel
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Drawing upon Judith Butler’s conceptualization of vulnerability, precariousness and precarity, this paper sheds light on the ontological foundation of the vulnerable human condition during the outbreak of the pandemic. While inspiring examples of cooperation among nations during the pandemic bring to the fore a transnational ethics of respect for differences, the pandemic turns out to be the unfortunate breeding ground for confrontation among some nations, highlighting an abdication of ethical responses that the vulnerability of proximate others demands. In this paper we look at the case of Palestine, examining how the solidarity of the Palestinian people to respond to the pandemic is imperiled by the Israeli occupation. The Israeli occupation, we contend, disavows vulnerability and the ethical response it entails, where the crisis of the pandemic serves as a revealing context for oppression of the Palestinians who exist under the threat of displacement and the annexation of the West Bank. Key Words: vulnerability, ethical response, COVID-19, pandemic, Israeli occupation, togetherness, Palestine
Bilal Hamamra
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In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the language of contagion may serve as a metaphor for the proliferation of political and economic crises and the spread of violence. This article examines domestic violence directed toward Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza during the outbreak of the pandemic. We argue that the preventive measures of social distancing, quarantine and lockdown of public spaces had, in this instance, an adverse effect on women who are confined in the domestic spheres with abusive partners. Palestinian women’s oppression is the result of subjection to multiple layers of violence and discrimination, in both public and private spheres, stemming from the Israeli military occupation, prevailing patriarchal norms and practices and gender-based violence. We also contend that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women can be explained through the psychological mechanism of projection. Palestinian men, we suggest, are liable to project their sense of vulnerability, loss of control, and their difficulties coping with the restrictive mechanisms of the lockdown onto women, resulting in a dramatic increase in cases related to gender-based violence.