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Samera Esmeir

Colonial Experiments in Gaza

[Debris of home demolished by Israeli air strike in Operation Cast lead, January 2009. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis Israel’s attacks on Gaza authored by Samera Esmeir initially published in 2012.] Once again Israel, still the occupying power of Gaza, has unleashed its war machinery on occupied Palestinians. Since the start of the second intifada in 2000, this ritual has become compulsive and repetitive. Israel initiated its new round of ...

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Samera Esmeir


Samera Esmeir is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California – Berkeley, and the author of Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012).