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Leila Stockmarr

Seeing Is Striking: Selling Israeli Warfare

[International arms fair in Tel Aviv, June 2013. Image by Leila Stockmarr]

In 2013, Jane’s Weekly Defense Magazine ranked Israel as the world’s sixth largest arms producer. The country has some six hundred defense companies, including about four hundred devoted to homeland security (HLS). Almost ten percent of all Israelis are in some way economically dependent on the security industry. Israel’s defense industry has a competitive advantage in the global arms market because weapons, surveillance technologies, and other mechanisms of warfare have ...

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Leila Stockmarr

Leila Stockmarr is a Ph.D. student at the University of Roskilde, Denmark, and a visiting Ph.D. student at The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research investigates Palestine as a laboratory for the Israeli security industry, and a source of income for the Israeli academic-military-industrial complex vis-à-vis the Israeli high-tech sector. Based on extensive fieldwork in Israel, she examines how techniques of expansion and repression central to Zionist colonial strategies based on goals of ethnic transfer and separation are re-articulated and negotiated when Israel’s sells its battle know-how and homeland security technology to foreign buyers.