By Juan Cole

The Unmaking of The Palestinian Nation By It's Occupiers

One problem with the focus the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla is that it may make it appear that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is the central issue. Then any Israeli loosening of the blockade would seem to be an advance.

In fact, the blockade is not the problem but is rather a symptom of the underlying issue, which is Palestinian statelessness. Gazans have no state. What the Israelis deign to call the ‘Hamas regime’ is no such thing because it lacks sovereignty, over its borders, air, sea, imports and exports. (The idea that Israel is ‘at war’ with its own occupied territory is laughable.) The Israeli ‘withdrawal’ of 2005 simply removed a few thousand colonists and withdrew troops, usually, to the borders. But it did not allow the creation of a sovereign state. Gazans are excluded from a third of their own farmland by Israeli restrictions on where people can live. That so many Gazans are unemployed, that their industries have collapsed, that they are food insecure, and that malnutrition is causing stunting in 10% of children– all these outrages derive from their lack of a sovereign state to look out for their interests.

The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a report this weekend detailing the harm to Gazan children and civilians of the blockade. Most do not even have clean water to drink.

Aljazeera English also reports on the impact of the blockade on Gaza’s children:

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The Unmaking of the Palestinian Nation

Juan R. I. Cole, Middle East scholar,  is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. His website: www.juancole.com


  1. Harold Dallou on the 16. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I have come to the conclusion that the only remedy of the Israeli occupation and enslavement of the Palestinians in gaza and the West Bank is to have a total economic boycott of companies from the settlement area,Israel proper,and U.S. corporations either doing business or supporting Israel.You can find the list of U.S. corporation by searching the Internet.

  2. Harold Dallou on the 16. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    What have the Jewish People learned from the World War Two and the German experiance.That you can kill,isolate,and occupy another group.Shame on you Israel for the injustice you have incurred on the Palestinian People

  3. Harold Dallou on the 17. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I would like to know why have my last two comments ” On The Making Of The Palistinian Nation ” have not been transferred to my Facebook site?

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