Femicide and Colonization: Between the Politics of Exclusion and the Culture of Control

Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian*, Suhad Daher-Nashif

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This article explores the murder of women and girls, which we name it Femicide, among the Palestinian community living in Israel. Specifically, it analyzes how the dialectic interrelationship between informal and formal legal-social systems constructs the murders of Palestinian women. The data revealed that femicide is a crime empowered by the wider context of colonization and the increasing spatial segregation of Palestinian communities. The study confirms the need to move beyond simplistic "cultural" explanations of femicide, and pay closer attention to the ways in which the structure, politics and economy of death function in colonized spaces and contexts.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)295-315
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Part of the article is based on a research which we conducted on killing women in the three Palestinian contexts: the Palestinian minority into the Israeli state, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The research was financially supported through the CSBR by Women for Women’s Human Rights organization.


  • Palestine
  • colonization
  • femicide


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