AMP Chairman publishes new book

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November 29, 2016
By
Dr. Hatem Bazian

Palestine ... it is something colonial

In 1902, Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, wrote to Cecil Rhodes, the Minister of Colonies for Great Britain: "You are being invited to help make history. It doesn't involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor; not Englishmen but Jews ... How, then, do I happen to turn to you since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial."

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The occupation of Palestine was the last settler-colonial project the British empire commissioned, and this colonial project is still unfolding more than one hundred years later. In centering Palestine's modern history around settler-colonial discourses, Dr. Bazian offers a theoretical basis for understanding Palestine while avoiding the pitfalls of the internationally failed "peace process" that, on the one hand, affirms settler-colonial rights and, on the other, problematizes the colonialized indigenous Palestinians and dispenses with the ramifications of the colonial project.

In centering Palestine's modern history around settler colonial discourses, Dr. Bazian provides a framework to understand and relate to the unfolding events from the late 19th century up to the present in a clear and unambiguous way. Zionism settler colonialism has salient features such as the normative deployment of violence, religious justification, having a garrison state to sponsor it, transforming the land and geography and constituting a new colonial epistemology related to it as well as the expulsion and negating the existance of an indigenous population. 

The book offers a theoretical basis for approaching Palestine as a subject with falling into pitfalls of an internationally supported "peace process" that on the one hand affirms the settler colonial rights and on the other hand problematizes the colonialized and dispenses with the ramificaitons. 


(Amrit Publishers, 2016)

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