Wednesday, November 14, 2007

From A Book Review on Pappe

Pappe's general reading of Zionism as a form of settler-colonialism continuing to the present day, the consequence of which is that "There has never been an end to Israel's killing of Palestinians" (p. 258), is objectionable, not for the baldness of the statement alone, but for what it also consciously omits.

Zionism may have been, and continue to be, a colonial project of sorts - albeit a rather peculiar one - begging many definitional and other questions. But drawing a straight line from Herzl through Ben-Gurion, to Sharon and beyond, accusing them of aiming to get rid of the Palestinians, elides all manner of Zionist thinking and practice which has been more circumspect, cautious, and often energized by the potential for a Zionist-Arab relationship in which the two peoples might live together.

Source: Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2007

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