Colonialism and the natives

Moshé Machover begins an examination of the Israel-Palestine conflict by looking back at controversies in the Second International

The Zionist colonisation of Palestine, ongoing since the turn of the 20th century, has engendered a conflict with exceptional features. In essence it is a clash between settlers and the indigenous inhabitants whom the former continually seek to uproot and displace.2 But - uniquely among such conflicts - it has assumed the form of a binary confrontation between two discrete national groups that have crystallised in and through this asymmetric collision: a Hebrew settler nation and a single indigenous Palestinian Arab people.3 I would like to put forward a socialist view of how this complex conjunction of a two-sided national problem and a colonial-type problem may be resolved.

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