Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

“Rolling into Gaza I had a feeling of homecoming,” writes the novelist Alice Walker. “There is a flavor to the ghetto. To the bantustan. To the ‘rez.’ To the ‘colored section.’” In a poetic vein, Walker captures the confinement and marginality one senses in the Gaza Strip, and its familiarity to those who have lived in segregated spaces in the United States and South Africa. It is the latter parallel that has captured the collective imagination in the early 2000s.

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How to cite this article:

Julie Peteet "Beyond Compare," Middle East Report 253 (Winter 2009).