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The Resource Stone men : the Palestinians who built Israel, Andrew Ross

Stone men : the Palestinians who built Israel, Andrew Ross

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Stone men : the Palestinians who built Israel
Title
Stone men
Title remainder
the Palestinians who built Israel
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Ross
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Language
eng
Summary
"They demolish our houses while we build theirs." This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross. Palestinian "stone men", utilizing some of the best quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own. Today the business of quarrying, cutting, fabrication, and dressing is Palestine's largest employer and generator of revenue, supplying the construction industry in Israel, along with other Middle East countries and even more overseas. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Palestine and Israel, Ross's engrossing, surprising, and gracefully written story of this fascinating, ancient trade shows how the stones of Palestine, and Palestinian labor, have been used to build out the state of Israel-in the process, constructing "facts on the ground"-even while the industry is central to Palestinians' own efforts to erect bulwarks against the Occupation. For decades, the hands that built Israel's houses, schools, offices, bridges, and even its separation barriers have been Palestinian. Looking at the Palestine-Israel conflict in a new light, this book asks how this record of achievement and labor can be recognized
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Review
Cultural differences, labor relations, religious certainty, a knotted history of violence, political dominance, and cruel economic policies—all figure prominently in this account of the stone and building industries in Israel. Ross (Social and Cultural Analysis/New York Univ.; Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City, 2011, etc.), a contributor to the Nation, the New York Times, and Artforum, delivers a deeply researched, passionate, pro-proletariat view of his topic. Based on interviews with businessmen, laborers, Palestinians, Israelis, and others, the text rehearses the long history of stonework in the region. The author exposes what he sees as the exploitation of Palestinian stoneworkers and points out the difficulties of those workers (getting through checkpoints each day takes hours) and how many of them are torn by the necessity to make money by building the homes of those whom they view as occupiers. He notes, as well, the lack of civil rights for the workers—and of any other benefits besides a salary, which is, as he describes, often barely adequate to sustain life. From the beginning, Ross pulls no punches, decrying the Israeli employers' "discrimination, degradation, and exploitation." Repeatedly, he shines light on the dark side of economic power: the deals, the political connections, the anti-union efforts. The author visited many building sites and talked with hundreds of workers, often standing in line with them at clogged checkpoints. He reports that many told him "they no longer had any dreams or hopes." Ross also offers details about the stone deposits in the area (and a map—Bethlehem is one important site), talks about the recent "Separation Wall" (with a nod to the issues regarding a border wall in the United States), and does not see much hope. A sturdy and depressing study in which the author's pro-worker sympathies and empathies are clear—as are his condemnations of Israel's (and employers') policies. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2019)
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Cataloging source
DGU/DLC
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1960-
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Ross, Andrew
Dewey number
331.7/69310089/927405694
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
HD9715.P2
LC item number
R67 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Construction industry
  • Stonemasonry
  • Stonemasons
  • Palestinian Arabs
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Labor supply
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the Palestinians who built Israel
Label
Stone men : the Palestinians who built Israel, Andrew Ross
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Contents
Conquest and manpower (historic Palestine) -- From kurkar to concrete and back (Jaffa/Tel aviv) -- Old and new facts -- Renovating the West Bank (Ramallah) -- City on a hilltop (Rawabi) -- Stones of Bethlehem (Jerusalem/Bethlehem) -- Extract, export, and extort (Beit Fajjar) -- Human gold (green line)
Control code
2018041552
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 299 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781788730266
Lccn
2018041552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1055570056
Label
Stone men : the Palestinians who built Israel, Andrew Ross
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conquest and manpower (historic Palestine) -- From kurkar to concrete and back (Jaffa/Tel aviv) -- Old and new facts -- Renovating the West Bank (Ramallah) -- City on a hilltop (Rawabi) -- Stones of Bethlehem (Jerusalem/Bethlehem) -- Extract, export, and extort (Beit Fajjar) -- Human gold (green line)
Control code
2018041552
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 299 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781788730266
Lccn
2018041552
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1055570056

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