The Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler-Colonialism, Apartheid and Political Zionism
By Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
The Israel-Palestine conflict cannot be understood without understanding its historical and ideological origins. Whereas conventional opinion focuses on the idea of Palestinian rejectionism of Israel’s right to exist – allegedly rooted in extremist Islamist ideology – as the historical cause of the conflict, a historiographical review of well-established research by Israeli scholars suggests otherwise.
Zionism originated as a fundamentally political movement shaped to fulfill British imperial ambitions in the Middle East, and with negligible grounding in the Orthodox Jewish faith. Consequently, the success of the Zionist project and its culmination in the founding of the State of Israel relied on violent processes of settler-colonization deploying strategies of genocide and ethnic cleansing. These culminated in the erection of a legal apparatus containing the seeds of an apartheid system based on systematic discrimination against non-Jewish Palestinians.
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