Our Plea to Jonathan Freedland: Treat Israel As You Would Any Other Colonial State

In Jonathan Freedland’s opinion piece for the Guardian, ‘My plea to the left: treat Jews the same way you’d treat any other minority’, he argues that in its opposition to Israel the left breaks its normal anti-racist rules. Just as the misogynist ‘mainsplains’, anti-Zionists lecture about a distinction between Zionism and anti-Semitism that feels immaterial … Continue reading

The Problem of ‘Defence’ in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

In the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the rhetoric of defence permeates every aspect of Israeli discourse. But so long as people are violently denied their basic human dignity, the emergence of violent grass-roots organisations like Hamas is inevitable. Israel, like all colonial powers, is engaged in continual, tacit violence, violence which is often hidden by its omnipresence. Peace demands reciprocity. Flattening Gaza for the sake of killing a few Hamas militants is not an expression of peace or of real defence. If this war is to end, it is the violence of the Israeli state that needs mitigating, not that of Hamas.