The radical progressive Left love oppressed and victimized peoples (so long as they're not Christians or Jews) and range the world looking for victims of injustice to fight for, bleed for, and feel intense, burning compassion for (their great master virtue which is no virtue at all). And one such "oppressed, victimized people" are Palestinian Arabs-arguably the most regressive, savage and worthless people on earth who define their collective existence as a genocidal war against modern, progressive, democratic Jewish Israel in the name of God, the Koran and the Prophet of conqest and war.
Now according to the radical Left the poor, miserable, wretched Palestinians are the pure, good, innocent victims of Israeli-Zionist injustice and imperialism. For example, New Republic writer John Judis in his recent article "Who Bears More Responsibility for the War in Gaza (see)" claims that the war's ultimate, underlying cause is evil, oppressive, Zionist "COLONIZATION" which must end to achieve peace. "Israel," says Judis, " is one of the world’s last colonial powers, and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are its unruly subjects." And he then goes on to say that Islamo-Nazi terrorist Hamas (a branch of the totalitarian Moslem Brotherhood allied with Nazi Germany in World War II) and Arab-Nationalist Fascist Fatah (the Jew-hating terrorist PLO) are "anti-colonial movements." That is to say that essentially Hamas and Fatah are fighting Israeli oppression and Western colonial imperialist injustice and therefore are morally sound, legitimate, liberation movements worthy of leftist compassion and support.
Of course pro-American Israel is not an imperialist colonial Western power for the simple reason that it doesn't rule over any lands not legitimately, morally and historically it's own. When Israel reached its territorial max from its astonishing victory in the Six Days War (having wrested the Sinai and Gaza from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria and the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan) it legally took those lands fighting a defensive war against an aggressive enemy hell-bent on its total destruction. This is not what colonial powers do as they conquer by force foreign lands for territorial gain and then settle them with their own people. A good example of colonization would be the Prophet Mohammad's marauding Moslem hordes murderously sweeping over the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East in the 7th century conquering and colonizing Christian lands (Palestine, Syria, Egypt etc.) with unwanted Arab-Moslem settlers.
But let's assume for arguments sake that Judis and the Left are right, and that Israel is the last colonial Western power stealing, colonizing and illegally occupying Palestinian lands; and that like all oppressed foreign ruled peoples Palestinians want freedom and self-determination. But on closer examination the central problem that Palestinians have with Israel is not so much that it's a "colonial power," but that it specifically is a JEWISH colonial power.
For 400 years starting in 1516 Arab Palestine was colonized, occupied and ruled by the Ottoman Turks with hardly a peep of protest from its Arab population until World War I. This was because like the Palestinian Arabs the Turks were Sunni Moslems belonging to the same sect of Islam. Though control of Palestine changed hands from the Mumluks to the Turks everything else remained the same. Palestine continued to be governed by the Koran and Sharia law with Moslem men being first class subjects, their women second class subjects, and Jews and Christians third class subjects paying higher taxes, subject to harassment and periodic violence, and excluded from military and government service. The Arab nationalist revolt against the Turks during World War I (led by pro-Zionist Lawrence of Arabia) was a manufactured not spontaneous uprising engineered by the British to drive the Turks from the region. If the Turks hadn't sided with Germany and the Axis Powers during the war the Ottoman Empire might not have dissolved, and Palestine might still be a colony of Turkey with an obedient, docil majority Arab population.
Do you see what I mean that colonization (if true) isn't what enrages Palestinian Arabs (whose ancestors conquered and colonized Christian ruled Palestine) so much as it is infidel Zionist Jews that rule-Jews who Arabs are brainwashed to believe are Allah's and Islam's greatest and most dangerous enemy in league with the darkest forces of hell for the destruction of Islam. Indeed, Jewish Israel's existence has unleashed their worst fears that Islam is in terrible, critical, deadly peril, that Satan (using Israel) is winning the war in destroying their faith, and that their glorious conquering past is lost to them forever never to be restored. Tears. Tears.
Now since Israel's unbelief more than its supposed colonizing of alleged Palestinian lands is what drives anti-Israel Moslem rage and jihad this war can quickly be terminated and reconciliation achieved if Israel renounces Judaism and converts to Sunni Islam. If that were to happen all Moslem grievances against Israel would disappear as the faithful would take Israel's Islamization as a divine sign from Allah confirming the political and religious supremacy of their faith; and that the victorious vision of the prophet that dominates the Koran: of a one world Islamic state at the end of history, is at hand.
What the above proves, as I've said before, is that the 66 year jihad against Israel is driven by racism, cultural imperialism and religious intolerance-all forms of injustice. And that Jewish Israel's existence on what was once Moslem lands, and not West Bank settlements, is itself a form of illegal colonization and occupation according Islam and the Koran.
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If the Jewish "settlers" on the West Bank, who are said by many to be illegal colonizing occupiers of Palestinian lands, were to be replaced by Israeli Moslems the Palestinians would embrace the new Israeli inhabitants as the rightful owners of those lands and the issue of illegal West Bank settlements would quickly disappear.