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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.]

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 bloody violence by targeting Palestinian resistance fighters who, Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz explained, Israel will “hunt like beasts.” In this new round of war, shelling and bombardment--or "hunting," to use ...

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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).