In depicting the agony and pain of his Jewish and Palestinian subjects in his novel, Colum McCann does not appoint himself as judge or arbiter; rather, he is quite clear that the deaths of Abir and Smadar, and the ensuing agonies of their parents, are products of colonialism. In the colonial unreality that is Israel/Palestine in Colum McCann’s novel “Apeirogon,” Palestinians are objects to be feared, confesses Rami Elhanan.

Protest at the Federal Court in Eugene, Oregon to protest Trump's Immigration Ban, January 29, 2017 (Photo: David Geitgey Sierralupe/Creative Commons)

Following July 4th, Nada Elia, “So, on this colonial independence day, I for one recommitted to remember that a lesser evil is still evil, and that consenting to evil, any evil, anywhere, is what results in Trump and Netanyahu ordering tanks in the streets and children in cages.”

Launching his new collaborative work in East Jerusalem, esteemed Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, hopes to shift the paradigm through which we see the Israel/Palestine conflict: one of “settler-colonialism and its connection with apartheid.” In essence, the conflict is not between two competing national movements with an equal claim to the land, but between a movement of settler-colonialists and a native people.