A powerful long read that dissects the inability of Western intellectuals to analyze the violent events of October 7 outside frameworks of vengeance, ignoring the military, tactical, and political precipitants. Instead, this article offers a thorough analysis of what led to these attacks and what they really mean.
A. Dirk Moses, a researcher specialized in genocide, describes the limits in terms of laws and definitions of this concept, when it comes to hold Israel accountable for the massacres in Gaza. This, however, does not make any difference for the concerned population, and does not diminish the horror of what is being done. The author reads the current attacks in the tradition of indiscriminate retaliations of colonial power against native insurgents, in the name of the principle of “permanent security”.
+972 Magazine’s Haggai Matar, tries to analyze possible political reconfiguration of the future Israeli and Palestinian politics. As for now, decades of shared struggle in the left movements are put on hold with the shock, collective traumas, mutual fear and anxiety that prevail. Solidarity initiatives are just a little. While the Netanyahu era is close to an end, with the ongoing massacres, arrests and humiliation by the military campaign, settlers and soldiers, the doctrine he has boosted will go on.
Over the past month, the Palestinian writer Adania Shibli has not responded to numerous interview requests following the cancellation of her literature award at the Frankfurt Book Fair. What she deduces, in this interview for The Guardian, is that silence is not considered an option. The silence of pain and of those who have lost their words in the face of cruelty, the shattering of a dream of togetherness.
The Educational Bookshop’s bookseller in Salaheddin Street in Jerusalem ironically describes the journalists’ visits he received in its bookshop since last October 7: mainly white, male, early-career reporters who tell about one-hundred-years conflict from their hotel rooms, updated by the Israeli Government Press Office on a whatsapp chat. Some of them asked the bookseller for book advice on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but in the end they didn’t buy them, because it’s “too long”.
The Palestinian philosopher’s speech at November 4 rally in Berlin points out the complicity of Germany in Israel’s atrocities, with the right to self-defense of a white supremacists settler-colonial government that pretends to justify -or openly admits- genocide. People are not their governments and the struggle for Palestinian liberation is shared by Jewish brothers and sisters around the world beyond race and religion. An invitation for Berliners and Germany to reflect on the side of the history they want to take.
A BBC correspondent from Beirut writes a letter to the BBC general director in London. The points he raises regards the (missed) use of the word genocide, the selective language, interviews of official, the disinformation unit, and the historical context. All of this questions deeply BBC and Western coverage of the ongoing massacre.