All too often, the question of Palestine is framed as an eternal conflict arising from ancient ethnic or religious hatreds, with questions regarding the origins of the state of Israel and the legitimacy of land claims reduced to matters of scriptural interpretation.
Such views entirely omit the actual history of Palestine and the Zionist movement. The colonisation of Palestine, a process still playing out before our eyes to this day, has definite historical origins at the turn of the 20th Century, when Zionism was born and the encroachment of Palestinian land began.
Historian Rashid Khalidi, author of The Hundreds’ Year War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917- 2017, joins The Chris Hedges Report for a look into this essential history, and how it can help us frame Israel’s present war on Gaza.
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and the author of several books.