Israel and the New European Colonialism By Garry Leech

The creation of a Jewish state in the middle of the Arab world represents the continuation of European colonialism in Palestine under an apartheid system that has consisted of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by a rogue nation that has repeatedly violated international law.

Given this reality, and the fact that Palestine is the Holy Land of three religions, the only just solution to the Zionist project of the Israeli state and its Western backers is the establishment of a single country: a democratic secular state of Palestine in which Jews, Arabs and Christians all have equal rights.

The New European Colonialism

The Zionist movement that emerged in Europe in the late 19th century encouraged European Jews to escape anti-Semitism by migrating to Palestine with the goal of creating a Jewish state in the Holy Land. This migration saw the Jewish population in Palestine increase from 4 percent in 1850 to 11 percent in 1917, the year that the British government’s Balfour Declaration stated: “His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object.” And under British rule, the Jewish population grew to 32 percent of the population of Palestine by 1948.

By all rights, Palestine, like its neighbors, should have become an independent nation following World War Two, but the Western-backed Zionist project prevented this from happening. In accordance with the Balfour Declaration, Britain and the United States instead sought to ensure the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. And, as soon as Britain relinquished control of Palestine on May 14, 1948, the Zionists unilaterally declared the creation of the state of Israel, encompassing 56 percent of the territory.

Opposed to the establishment of a Jewish state on Palestinian territory, the Palestinians and surrounding Arab states went to war with Israel. But by the end of 1949, Israel had destroyed more than 400 Palestinian villages, massacred thousands of civilians and forcibly displaced almost a million Palestinians, who ended up in refugee camps in neighboring Arab countries. The operation was called Plan Dalet, and it called for the systematic expulsion of Palestinians from Israel.

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