As annexation is put into gear, Palestinians feel that occupation is becoming an eternal fate. Emad Moussa reviews an Israeli film seeking to explain the occupation, Foxtrot, and finds it is all about Israeli trauma: “The only scene of Palestinian death in the film is reconfigured as a metaphor for Israel’s internal and transgenerational trauma, repression, and guilt.”
In order to legitimise the Jews’ right to Palestine, Zionism sought to delegitimise the Palestinian existence in the land. That involved a largely psychological process of ‘nativisation’ of European Jews and ‘de-nativisation’ of Palestinians. The term ‘Arab’ was one of the tactics used to achieve such goal.