Colonial arrogance cages all of Palestine
Central to premise is the belief that millions of Palestinians do not deserve the same rights as Israelis, writes Suraya Dadoo
The military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip began 50 years ago in June, when Israel emerged victorious in the Six Day War in 1967. Israel celebrated the 50th anniversary of the "liberation" of Jerusalem. On the other side, Palestinians are marking the world’s longest continuing military occupation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refers to it as "the so-called occupation". Others will say there really is no occupation, because all the Land of Israel was awarded to the Jews by God. Some will argue Gaza is no longer occupied, because Israel withdrew from the coastal enclave a decade ago. These voices see Jewish nationalism as totally legitimate, but they cannot possibly imagine why a person in Khan Younis or Jenin would desire a fully independent, sovereign state. These voices are not marginal figures, but Israeli leaders now in office — including Netanyahu. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely declared unapologetically: "This country is...