“I think that my life is much easier and much safer as an Israeli than a Palestinian. So, I don’t want to complain about my situation. My Palestinian brothers are the ones who have been dealing the brutality. Instead of complaining, I would definitely prefer to support them.”
Regarding the definition of the space, we can consider that there is a massive emotional bond between a particular space and the people who have been inhabiting in there. For instance, Zionism as any national movement is attached to a particular territory.
Every act of construction should be considered as destruction. When you build a house, you destroy the landscape on which it is existing.
I am an architect and a theoretician and I think that malconstructive act of architecture is not to build but to analyse space and to unpack the narrative and the political importance and the significance of architecture.
It is clear that the development of smart weapons has led to a massive change in the occupation methods. However, the occupation in West Bank has still been exercised in an old fashioned way. Israeli soldiers occupy hilltops and roads between them. On the other hand, the occupation in Gaza is undertaken from the air.
Jerusalem stone is an architectural device that creates in the mind of Israelis the political idea of Jerusalem as a holy city and therefore a city could not be divided.
It operate in various levels. On the military level, walls and checkpoints play an important role. Also army units break into the Palestinian territories in order to operate Jewishization. Secondly, the administration level separates the Palestinians and Israelis legally and as a consequence Israelis have the opportunity to occupy the Palestinian lands more easily. Finally, the economical dimension subdue the Palestinian economy to Israeli control.
The mountains have always been a mythical place for the Israeli mind. Mountains should be regarded both strategic and historical. Also, since the beginning of the history there is a strong connection between the concept of religion and the mountains. Thus, moving from plain grounds to mountains should be regarded as moving from secularism to religion and militarism.
We are dealing with architectural evidence. Forsenic Architecture undertakes critical examinations of the history and present status of forsenic practices in articulating notions of public truth. We build prosecution files for human rights lawyers from Somalia to Chile and we study on the ruined architectures all over the world and we try to examine why these buildings were destroyed.
I think that my life is much easier and much safer as an Israeli than a Palestinian. So, I don’t want to complain about my situation. My Palestinian brothers are the ones who have been dealing the brutality. Instead of complaining, I would definitely prefer to support them.