The Work of Comparison: Israel/Palestine and Apartheid

  title={The Work of Comparison: Israel/Palestine and Apartheid},
  author={Julie Peteet},
  journal={Anthropological Quarterly},
  pages={247 - 281}
  • Julie Peteet
  • Published 2 April 2016
  • Political Science
  • Anthropological Quarterly
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