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Israel's Colonial Creep Has Echoes in Texas

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Media Matters collected right-wing media responses to Ahmed Mohamed's arrest and found expressions of caution in these "dangerous" times. Here is a sample from Fox News:

"On the September 18 edition of Fox News' The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Fox contributor Mike Gallagher repeatedly compared Ahmed's homemade clock to a bomb, and suggested that the student should have been more "forthcoming" when he was interrogated by the police."

Meanwhile, back in Jerusalem, the Israeli settler narrative dutifully swallowed by the media, continues to describe the clash between the invading settler Ultra Orthodox Jews and the Palestinian defenders of al Al-Aqsa, as an inevitable age-old "religious conflict."

On the contrary, this is not a "religious conflict"; it is a larcenous seizure of property by Israel's right-wing government which delivers suffering to Palestinians who are deprived of their freedom and their land.

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As an example of the extremism of the Ultra Orthodox-driven settler movement, Nur Arafeh writes that "on July 27, 2014, extremists among these settlers posted on YouTube, the video below of what a group calling itself the Temple Institute describes as 'a third temple replacing Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.'"

Replacing Al-Aqsa with a third Temple would enflame the Islamic world. Still, if history has taught us anything, it has warned us what happens when politicians gain power on fear instilled in their citizens, coupled with an ugly ignorance of the "other."

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This toxic combinations of fear and ignorance enables politician to make stupid and disastrous decisions. Messing with the al-Aqsa compound could conceivably be an extreme example of one such decision.

Nur Arafeh's paper concludes with policy recommendations for the PLO/PA, Palestinian academics and analysts, and the international solidarity movement.

These policy recommendations to Palestinians are essential, to be sure, but there is also eye-opening wisdom for western readers in Nur Arafeh's analysis.

Her analysis is a harsh reminder that controlling Palestinian land from the sea to the river has been the below the radar economic and military impetus behind Political Zionism since the late 1800s.

Israel's creeping colonial movement is but the latest and darkest chapter of that Political Zionist enterprise, a narrowly focused desire to control the many for the benefit of the select few.

Political Zionism is not a religious movement. It is rather, an heretical corruption of the spiritual power and beauty of the Jewish faith.

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When you stop to think about it, Political Zionism operates very much like those Texans officials who love God on Sunday and arrest Muslim boys during the week.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

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