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Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule


Institute For Middle East Studies

Throughout the twenty years of its administration (1948–1967), Egyptian policing of Gaza concerned itself not only with crime and politics, but also with control of social and moral order. Through surveillance, interrogation, and a network of local informants, the police extended their reach across the public domain and into private life, seeing Palestinians as both security threats and vulnerable subjects who needed protection. Security practices produced suspicion and safety simultaneously.


  • Dr. Ilana Feldman is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at GWU. She has conducted ethnographic and archival research in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Dr. Feldman is also the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority and the Work of Rule (1917-67) and In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (co-edited with Miriam Ticktin).