Lebensraum, Zionist-style

Imperialism

Israel

Palestine

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Fig. 1. The ruins of a terminal at the Gaza airport. Image by Said Khatib (Agence France-Presse) on September 9, 2018, via the Times of Israel,[1] fair use.

If I stood accused of genocide, I think I would not say this: “No one will stop us, not The Hague, not the axis of evil and not anyone else.”[2]

But that Binyamin Netanyahu did say it[3] illustrates a stark divide, at least as stark as the polarization in U.S. politics, between those who find Israel’s conduct absolutely reprehensible and those who will excuse even its worst atrocities. As in the U.S., there is little or no common ground between the opponents; each to some degree perceives even the mere existence of the other as an existential threat.

When you hear people proclaim their “right to exist,” suspect that, as in the Zionist case, they are depriving somebody else of that right. There is no significant difference here between the Zionist claim and the Nazi demand for Lebensraum. It reduces neatly to, “We have rights. You do not.”

David Cohen, “Israel’s president says expelling Palestinians not the plan,” Politico, January 7, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/07/israel-palestinians-expel-gaza-00134187

Wafaa Shurafa, Jack Jeffery, Bassem Mroue, “Israeli strike kills an elite Hezbollah commander in the latest escalation linked to the war in Gaza,” Associated Press, January 8, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-01-08-2024-18fbc9af50000c94fed59017fe82481e

Julia Ioffe, “‘Blood Libel?’: On the Question of Genocide in Gaza,” Puck, January 9, 2024, https://puck.news/blood-libel-on-the-question-of-genocide-in-gaza/

Nahal Toosi, “The US Is Dealing With an Israeli Leader Who’s Losing Control,” Politico, January 9, 2024, https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/01/08/netanyahu-israeli-leader-losing-control-00134146

Mark Leon Goldberg, “Why Israel Can’t Just Wave Away International Justice Charges,” New Republic, January 10, 2024, https://newrepublic.com/article/177983/israel-gaza-international-justice-charges

Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, “ADL Officially Admits It Counts Pro-Palestine Activism as Antisemitic,” New Republic, January 10, 2024, https://newrepublic.com/post/177993/adl-abandons-pretense-tracking-antisemitism-honestly-palestine-rallies

Jess Bravin, “South Africa Accuses Israel of Genocide in U.N. Court,” Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2024, https://www.wsj.com/world/south-africa-accuses-israel-of-genocide-in-u-n-court-3af69eb7

Ryan Grim, “South Africa Just Made Its Case at The Hague. What’s Next?” Intercept, January 11, 2024, https://theintercept.com/2024/01/11/south-africa-israel-genocide-charges/

Barbara Moens, Jacopo Barigazzi, and Eddy Wax, “South Africa’s genocide case against Israel lays bare Europe’s feeble power,” Politico, January 11, 2024, https://www.politico.eu/article/south-africas-genocide-case-against-israel-lays-bare-europes-feeble-power/

Claire Parker and Emily Rauhala to Today’s Worldview list, “What to know about the genocide case against Israel at the ICJ,” Washington Post, January 11, 2024, https://www.washingtonpost.com/newsletters/todays-worldview/

Yves Smith, “Israel Capitulates at the Start of International Court of Justice Genocide Hearing,” Naked Capitalism, January 11, 2024, https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2024/01/israel-capitulates-at-the-start-of-international-court-of-justice-genocide-hearing.html

James Shotter, “Israel calls South Africa’s allegations of genocide in Gaza ‘profoundly distorted,’” Financial Times, January 12, 2024, https://www.ft.com/content/9cddf8bb-feb0-4722-9e9a-ff90acd6a328

Najib Jobain, Samy Magdy, and Bassem Mroue, “A defiant Netanyahu says no one can halt Israel’s war to crush Hamas, including the world court,” Associated Press, January 13, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-01-13-2024-62b05e26b1e00439d00e60c78f260ce5

Imperialism

United States


Fig. 1. “American Progress,” painting by John Gast, 1872, digital version 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

CNN, “President Joe Biden’s statement on strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen,” January 11, 2024, https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/11/politics/read-biden-statement-airstrikes-houthis-yemen

Mahad Darar, “US-UK airstrikes risk strengthening Houthi rebels’ position in Yemen and the region,” Conversation, January 12, 2024, https://theconversation.com/us-uk-airstrikes-risk-strengthening-houthi-rebels-position-in-yemen-and-the-region-221006

Gabriel Gavin, Antonia Zimmermann, and Jamie Dettmer, “Middle East braces for chaos as Iran and West square up,” Politico, January 12, 2024, https://www.politico.eu/article/middle-east-chaos-iran-west-houthi-israel-hamas-war/

Thomas Grove and Stephen Kalin, “U.S. Launches New Strike on Houthi Radar Site in Yemen,” Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2024, https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/u-s-led-yemen-strikes-heighten-risk-of-broader-middle-east-conflict-aedb0006

John Paul Rathbone, “Military briefing: can the US and its allies stop the Houthis?” Financial Times, January 13, 2024, https://www.ft.com/content/c09a1244-b4af-4fc0-8dad-e4e724988716


  1. [1]Agence France-Presse and Times of Israel, “20 years after its opening, destroyed Gaza airport embodies grounded peace hopes,” Times of Israel, September 12, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/20-years-after-its-opening-destroyed-gaza-airport-embodies-grounded-peace-hopes/
  2. [2]Binyamin Netanyahu, quoted in Najib Jobain, Samy Magdy, and Bassem Mroue, “A defiant Netanyahu says no one can halt Israel’s war to crush Hamas, including the world court,” Associated Press, January 13, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-01-13-2024-62b05e26b1e00439d00e60c78f260ce5
  3. [3]Binyamin Netanyahu, quoted in Najib Jobain, Samy Magdy, and Bassem Mroue, “A defiant Netanyahu says no one can halt Israel’s war to crush Hamas, including the world court,” Associated Press, January 13, 2024, https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-01-13-2024-62b05e26b1e00439d00e60c78f260ce5

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