Dumpsters and Sewage: Ecologies of No-Man’s Land

Since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967, great efforts have gone to eradicate the no-man’s land that separated the two parts of the city until then. Today, even residents will be hard pressed to point out to the exact spaces that kept Israeli and Jordanian forces apart. But if one knows what to look for, the contours of these sites are clearly marked: Large green metal dumpsters, piles of construction debris and scattered garbage function as quintessential signposts reading “Welcome to No-Man’s Land”.

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The historic no-man’s land surrounding Government House, south-east Jerusalem, Nov. 2014.

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