This articles historicizes the settler colonialism in Palestine, its European and imperialism basis, re-telling Deir Yassin’s massacre, recalling the long multiple sieges of the Palestinians, including the one in Beirut, and using Palestinian poets Mahmoud Darwish and Muin Besiso (a prominent Palestinian poet from Gaza) writings, from where it results an unknown history of Gaza.
A passionate and painful piece on the position of anti-zionist Jews after 7th October and also the recognition of the weakness of an anti-Zionist Jews movement for Palestine that has not impeded other Jews from killing Palestinians in the past years, finding itself without a shared strategy or the vocabulary to reckon with the ongoing massacre.
In order to find support, several Israel official social media accounts – from IDF to the various Ministries and PM offices – have been boosted to the maximum, by pushing numerous ads online on platforms that include graphic photos and videos. Its strategy also uses racist stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims. The result is a massive campaign of disinformation.
Insaniyyat, the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, documented and translated transcripts of personal and intermittent text messages, voice notes, and social media posts that Gazan friends and loved ones have managed to send in response to Israel’s war on the people of Gaza.
‘Vengeful pathologies’ reinscribes the violent attacks and bombings Gaza has been subjected to since October 2023 in the larger historical context of the Israeli occupation, while delineating the genealogy of repeated assaults, massacres, violations Gaza has endured since 1967 at the hand of the Israeli State. The various episodes that led to Al-Aqsa Flood, Schatz contends, are to be understood as the most significant act of resistance to date- in the Fanonian sense- one that recalls similar decisive historical moments of resistance against colonizing powers. However, the unprecedented sadism of Hamas’ attacks is also wielded, in Israel and in the Global North, as a synonym of increasing antisemitic sentiment- one that serves to justify Israel’s behavior and, which further results in drifts silencing Palestine and Palestinian voices from the public sphere. A political solution recognising both Israel and Palestine in whichever form is the only way out of the cycles of violence.
To the Jerusalem-born writer, Gaza is not an abstraction, as for the media telling the ongoing devastation caused by the Israeli bombing of the Strip. He experienced once again the dehumanization of Palestinians, when a call came after 7th October: an invitation for a literature conference in Austria where he was asked not to mention “the current events”. How could he go thinking of not mentioning his country, his people’s pain in this very particular moment?
During the coverage of the ongoing Israeli bombing of Gaza and the multiple Israeli soldiers/settlers attacks in the West Bank, the hate speech toward Palestinians is apparently accepted. And while different entities such as the United Nations, leading international NGOs and Ministries confirm the accuracy of numbers of people killed by the Ministry of Health in Gaza, still Israel and US doubt that these casualties are real, saying they are inflated.