There are a few surprising commonalities to be found between national parks and public security provision: both are determined and regulated by the state, and established to maintain order and guarantee (equal) access to a public good, whether it be the right to one’s life and property or the maintenance of the country’s natural and cultural wonders. In occupied East Jerusalem, the conflation of both promotes violence and further tensions as both state and non-state actors use national parks to displace (Palestinian) residents from their home and transform the space into a (Israeli) tourist attraction. Focusing on the practices employed by public and private security agents deployed at East Jerusalem’s national parks, this chapter engages the concept of security performance to contribute to the debate on state effects and the assertion of graduated sovereignty. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in East Jerusalem, this chapter examines the case of Wadi Hilweh/City of David National Park. In examining the different performances by the variety of security actors active in and around this site, I argue that it is through daily practices employed by Israeli security personnel at national parks in East Jerusalem that state effects are (re)produced in contested locales. In developing the contention of Trouillot, Hann and Krti (2001) that state effects are ‘increasingly obtained in sites other than the national, but that never fully bypass the national order’, I aim to explore how Israel, the occupying state in East Jerusalem, is able to assert its sovereignty through security modalities, practices and encounters by having ‘boots on the ground’ in the form of public and private security.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocially Responsible Innovation in Security
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Reflections
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351246897
ISBN (Print)9781351246897, 9780815371397
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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