A “democratic” reinforcement of occupation

    The Israeli colonial model is more arduous to tackle than others since it does not only repress Palestinians who live in the territories occupied in 1948, but it also drains them by engaging them in the political “democratic” process to manage the affairs of their own oppression. We have been seeing an example of this method almost every
2015-03-29

Majd Kayyal

Palestinian Writer based in Haifa


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    The Israeli colonial model is more arduous to tackle than others since it does not only repress Palestinians who live in the territories occupied in 1948, but it also drains them by engaging them in the political “democratic” process to manage the affairs of their own oppression. We have been seeing an example of this method almost every two years since the Nakba in 1948: almost every two years, an Israeli government falls and a date is chosen for Israel’s parliamentary elections, and the electoral battle commences. Palestinians in present-day Israel, who have been forced to carry the Israeli ID, are part of this reality. 
The Joint List, which unified all major Palestinian parties in Israel, did not come as a response to the people’s calls for unity as much as it was a response to a change in political conditions imposed by the oppressor on the oppressed. The Joint List was a form of adaptation with the new modifications that the colonial power carries out. In a sense, this is a loss in the battle, because the political battle with colonialism means the struggle to impose a reality that forces the colonial power itself to come up with new ways to adapt with it. Only then is the colonial power forced to constantly change its structure until it loses its stability.

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