[Marxism] Gaza: the logic of colonial power

Ivan D. Drury ivanddrury at yahoo.ca
Tue Dec 30 02:24:37 MST 2008


In the middle of the article are these 2 paragraphs that address the Israeli occupation of Palestine with the perspective that it must always be addressed; as the Israeli occupation of Palestine. I think that Rosen's argument here is a great articulation of anti-colonial struggle, and that he looks over the heads of the Zionists who argue on point by point distractions of histories stretching back days or weeks to prove their root of the problem (Quassams!)

Ivan



*Gaza: the logic of colonial power*
Nir Rosen, the Guardian
http://tinyurl.com/8sp9bf

[excerpt]
Normative
rules are determined by power relations. Those with power determine
what is legal and illegal. They besiege the weak in legal prohibitions
to prevent the weak from resisting. For the weak to resist is illegal
by definition. Concepts like terrorism are invented and used
normatively as if a neutral court had produced them, instead of the
oppressors. The danger in this excessive use of legality actually
undermines legality, diminishing the credibility of international
institutions
such as the United Nations. It becomes apparent that the powerful,
those who make the rules, insist on legality merely to preserve the
power relations that serve them or to maintain their occupation and
colonialism.

Attacking civilians is the last, most desperate and
basic method of resistance when confronting overwhelming odds and
imminent eradication. The Palestinians do not attack Israeli civilians
with the expectation that they will destroy Israel. The land of
Palestine is being stolen day after day; the Palestinian people is
being eradicated day after day. As a result, they respond in whatever
way they can to apply pressure on Israel. Colonial powers use civilians
strategically, settling them to claim land and dispossess the native
population, be they Indians in North America or Palestinians in what is
now Israel and the Occupied Territories. When the native population
sees that there is an irreversible dynamic that is taking away their
land and identity with the support of an overwhelming power, then
theyare forced to resort to whatever methods of resistance they can.
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