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The name game: What should we call the situation in West Bank?

First they told us we can’t call it “apartheid”.

Now, they say we can’t call it “occupation”.

But we have to call it something!!!!!

I’m waiting to hear your suggestions in the comments section below. Single-word terms/nouns are preferred (with short explanations even better). I’ll post some of the good ones I get from Twitter and Facebook here, too.

Visitation – Vague promises of adding value and/or leaving. Wanting hospitable treatment in the meantime. (@schwartzbrown)

Barbarism – (@sollyi)

Chester – (Yaniv Edelstein: “because we have to call it something”)

Oz – (Ayla Peggy Adler)

Uncupation – (Marc Goldberg)

Insanity – (Miri Barak)

Shibush – means “disruption”. Sounds like kibush, occupation in Hebrew (Lee’ad Leevneh)

Kibus – means washing, or whitening. Also sounds, of course, like Kibush. (Dorit Abramovich)

Intrusion – (Noam Hoffstater)

Arccupation – (Maral Amin)

Kipuach (כיפוח) – A Hebrew combination of three words that include: occupation, annexation and discrimination. This is a very good one, in my opinion (Ami), but it includes “occupation”, which as we all know, does not exist. (Orna Ben Naftali)

Sababa – (Ruthie Pliskin)

Unemployed – someone who has no occupation (Martin Schubert)

Never-Everland – (Yariv Mohar)

Estehbal – In Arabic, occupation is Ehtelal, so how about “estehbal”, which means playing the fool? (Khaled Diab, @diabolicalldea)

Suppression – (Richard Witty)

Nationsbildung – has somewhat of an Afrikans flavor to it… (@NKamins)

FUBAR – (Ginny Adams)

Tatooine –  because they are trying to play all sorts of Jedi mind tricks! (Rachel Roberts)

Brooklyn – We all live in peace together here, maybe it will work there. (Michael Klein)

Ethnocentri-City – (Joshua Frost)

Lebensraum – (@bethlehemballet)

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    1. Haggai Matar


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    2. mobius1ski

      Zuul, the Gatekeeper of Gozet

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    3. Mobius1ski


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    4. Sharon Stern

      Gibush – Crystalization, formalization – a format of connecting people from diverse civilizations and beliefes into one Melting pot, melting so well it makes people believe it doesn’t even exist or in short ZEKOBAHT (Ze Kore BaMishpachot Hachi Tovot).

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    5. Land of shadowy non-people, who we know do not exist and yet they are definitely there, just out of corner of our eye, and they are refusing to die, as much as we try.

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    6. Eva Smagacz

      Twilight Bank – Land of shadowy non-people, who we know do not exist and yet they are definitely there, just out of corner of our eye, and they are refusing to die, as much as we try to kill them.

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    7. @Eva – creative stuff… but it has to be one word 🙂

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    8. Philos

      Westeros – because, hell, if we’re already living in someone’s fantasy…

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    9. Doreen Said

      Concentration Camp: all the unwanted are placed there, people believe its legal, and act as if it does not exists.

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    10. William Burns

      What’s wrong with good old-fashioned “Empire“?

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    11. incarnation

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    12. Arib

      Disputed will do fine.

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    13. Chepsky

      Just call it Narnia!

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    14. Richard SM

      It seems to me that ‘occupation’ need only involve armed forces without the establishment of colonies, and therefore isn’t quite accurate.
      Colonisation is the establishment and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another, though it needn’t necessarily have been inhabited.
      Colonialisation seems to combine the colonising of territories having an indigenous population using military force.

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    15. Noam W.


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    16. Catblender

      I propose “Arthur“. As in the famous response of George Harrison (of the Beatles) to “What do you call this haircut?” “Arthur”.

      And like that-which-must-not-be-named, it has British roots. Like the haircut, which hangs down over the face and obscures the images of the people underneath, “it” reduces peoples humanity. There was a strong divide among people’s feelings on the haircut – some people hated it while others embraced it.

      You have to call it something.

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    17. Laura

      Armyland – the army decides who when what goes to prison

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    18. Subjugation

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    19. Katherine

      Our Judean and Samarian Way of Life

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    20. niz

      i dont understand whats the fuss about? this was always israel’s position. nothing new over here. people without land to land without people. the whole of the state of israel was based on the act of obliterating the native population. nothing but the same bullshit.

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    21. Kernod


      Given that Israel treats many of the Palestinian citizens of Israel (e.g., the bedouin) in a way that is similar to the treatment meted to the inhabitants of the OPT yet many call Israel a “democracy”, we might as well call the West Bank by the same name.


      The Americans live in “freedom” despite living in a country where many people only have the freedom to die in squalor or go to jail. If it’s good for the Americans — it should be fine for the Palestinians.

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    22. Philos

      sss’ememek – 😀

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    23. AYS

      bildungsroman – cuz the region and its whatchamakalit status are totes “coming-of-age”, and to the unknowing, it is like 100% reminiscent of the romans, and we all know that we can blame them and the british and the turkish and everyone else and their mother’s for everything. so yea.

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    24. sylvia


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    25. sylvia


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    26. Ron

      How about ‘Israelestate’ after all it’s about land and Israel wants it all

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    27. Danny

      Shivuk – because Israel’s hasbara is all about marketing!

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    28. Aaron

      Reality. (As in, how things are, have been, and will be.)

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    29. ZV

      Since there is no Occupation, there is either Workmanship or Art.

      The derivatives of the above are as following

      1. WarManShip
      2. Peace-Of-Art

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    30. Bradfordian

      “Limbo” – a suitably biblical name for a biblical land, but with a apt modern meaning (from Dictionary dot com: Limbo, noun, a place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are regarded as being relegated when cast aside, forgotten, past, or out of date).

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    31. Philll

      Realestate – it even includes the words real and state.

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    32. Yariv Mohar


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    33. Kim Nguyen

      The Human Experiment

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    34. “our thing”

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    35. Joanna Hamil

      Poland redux

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    36. Joanna Hamil


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    37. GoldnI

      The Troubles

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    38. Tahel Ilan

      i have this urge to say we should name it Bob. So, Bob.

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    39. rose

      Ps although I have to admit that “cosa nostra” – as suggested by Larry Derfner – is more catchy

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    40. sh


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    41. Alice

      “Poland redux.” Really? Implying, then, that Israelis are the moral equivalent of the Nazi regime. This site attracts anti-Semites like flies to shit.

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    42. Sruly

      Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

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    43. Yaron


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    44. Yaron

      East of Zion, West of Al Quds
      Puzzland (looks like puzzle from above)
      TEFKATOT: (The Entity Formally Known As The Occupied Territories)
      Olivestone (there is a lot you can say about that, most of all that some artistic/poetic name could even…uhm, well forget about it)
      ODIWBARS: (One Day I Will Be A Real State)
      ThisisnotIsrael (anthem by King David Bowie)
      Mountains, Desert, Arabs, Jews
      Serious Problem
      Bufferland (inhabitants are called ‘Buffers’)

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    45. Erik

      the holy land

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    46. Jennifer


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    47. Richard Witty

      The headline photo points to the place, not the “situation”.

      The place is Palestine, “enough Palestine”, properly adjacent to “enough Israel”.

      The situation is suppression.

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    48. Sruly.

      The Artist Formerly Known as the Occupation.

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