From Balfour to the Nakba: The Settler-Colonial Experience of Palestine
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From Balfour to the Nakba: The Settler-Colonial Experience of Palestine

The late prominent scholar of settler-colonialism, Patrick Wolfe, reminded us repeatedly that it is not an event, it is a structure. While settler-colonialism in many cases has a historical starting point, its original motivation guides its maintenance in the present.  By and large, settler-colonial projects are motivated by what Wolfe defined as “the logic of the…

Trump and Balfour Compared
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Trump and Balfour Compared

Much has already been written about the Trump administration’s release of its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. I will not repeat the criticisms. Instead, I will focus on what I found to be the striking and disturbing parallels between this Trump “Deal of the Century” and last century’s infamous “Balfour Declaration”. Though certainly longer and…

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?
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Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts to eventually bring peace to the region, not to speak about 130 countries that have already voiced opposition to…

It Has Never Been So Good
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It Has Never Been So Good

One Hundred years after the Balfour Declaration – what is actually going on in Palestine? I’d like to say that Palestine is burning and Israel suffers, but the truth must be told: Israel and Palestine are prospering under Netanyahu. It has never been so good. The minimum wage on the Israeli side is now over…

The Balfour Declaration – One Hundred Years of (Goyim) Solitude
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The Balfour Declaration – One Hundred Years of (Goyim) Solitude

In Heidegger and the Jews, the French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard points out that history claims to narrate the past but, in practice, what it does is conceal our collective shame. The Americans conceal slavery and imperial genocidal aggression, the Brits conceal their colonial blunders, the Jews turn their eyes away from anything that may have…