Thanks, Avigail, you raise some interesting and important points in an excellent article. I am new to your site, pleased to find some humanity and common sense applied to the disastrous situation in the Middle East.
You said in the article:
“But how can Israel behave ‘morally’ when it is a settler-colonial state? When have any settler-colonial societies behaved morally? It is an oxymoron. Settler-colonialism is a crime against humanity. A crime can’t behave morally…”
This is succinctly put. But surely it also applies to the USA? That is a settler-colonial state, complete with all the crimes against the indigenous people that went into establishing that country.
Perhaps this is why US citizens, whether Jewish or not, have difficulty seeing the same crimes carried out in Israel, indeed, the U.S. We’re architects of modern Israel along with the UK, where I live.
You also said:
“Israeli society has always been sick because you can’t build something healthy on a criminal foundation, where so much abuse has been, and still is being inflicted on others. ”
Again, a truism which is also applicable to the U.S.A.
I always find it baffling that so much credence and indeed worship is given to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which covers over the sick roots of the foundation of that society.
How great it would be if “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” actually applied to ALL people, including he Palestinians and the Native Americans.