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Zionism and Palestinian Resistance

‘Go and take these lands! Whose lands are these?

Nobody’s! Take these lands of God.

God gives lands to people.

God presents Africa to Europe. Take it!’

Victor Hugo

To fully understand the Zionist settler-colonization mentality, one must look at what early European ideologues said. What many European Zionist thinkers have stated lays out why Zionism acts this way and why the Palestinian resistance is inevitable.

This long-term conflict continues with many smaller wars, and victory and defeat often depend on personal perspectives because the war usually does not bring a clear outcome. Hamas’ actions are part of the apartheid regime. Viewing Hamas merely as a “terrorist” group is a way of exercising power by dominant states.

Anyone seriously studying Palestinian history knows that the violence did not start on October 7. Focusing on that day is an effort by Western governments and Israel to control the narrative.

Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of the militant Zionist Revisionist movement, which played a significant role in the establishment of the State of Israel, stated, “The land belongs not to those who have too much land but to those who own none. And such a large landowner nation will oppose this, which is quite natural and must be subdued by force. Enforced justice does not cease to be justice.”

Theodor Herzl, known as the father of modern Zionism, said, “We are showing them the way to the promised lands; and a magnificent enthusiasm must fight against a terrible habit of possession.”

Israel has applied slow and systematic violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories. These facts have been overlooked to support the ugly settler-colonial project, a symbol of Western dominance.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza for the past eight months show failures in all three basic measures of any armed conflict: operational, diplomatic, and strategic. Israel, with its modern military equipment and impressive intelligence capabilities for targeted attacks, has not yet turned these into an operational success.

Unlike Israel, which receives support from the USA, Hamas operates like a light infantry unit with limited fighters and equipment. Despite Israel’s claims of clearing Gaza city and northern Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are still encountering close fights with Hamas fighters in Jabalia and Nusairat. It was said that the operation in southern Rafah was necessary to finish the remaining four Hamas battalions, but the most intense battles are still ongoing in northern Gaza.

Israel is in a difficult position diplomatically and strategically. The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly recognized Palestine as a full member state. Three European countries, Ireland, Norway, and Spain, recognized Palestine, and Belgium, France, Slovenia, and Malta indicated they would do so when appropriate.

Israel’s bombardments in Gaza have further isolated the country internationally. Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fighters continue to hide and reemerge to launch attacks. According to US intelligence, Hamas gained thousands of new members during the war, which has increased the organization’s resilience.

The goal of Zionist colonialism is to unite the state and society. To be a Zionist is to believe that Israel should be the national home for Jews and to equate the Jewish people with the Israeli state. How will this state be protected? If necessary, by using force.

As Jabotinsky expressed, “Zionist colonization must either stop, or proceed regardless of the native population. This can only continue if it is protected by a power independent of the local population.”

This wall is a metaphor for sovereignty and protection. It forces Arabs to submit through physical, legal, economic, and military measures. Mamdani argues that this issue can be resolved by looking at the South African experience: “De-Zionization requires separating the state from the nation. Israel must be a state for all its citizens.”

This view shows that the two-state solution is inadequate and securing a Jewish state without recognizing Palestinian sovereignty is dangerous. The actions of Hamas have a historical context and explain why Palestinian resistance is inevitable. Zionist colonialism and the struggle against it are fundamental elements of the conflict in the region.

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YÜKSEL DURGUT is a journalist with a primary focus on global politics and foreign affairs.

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