Neo-Zionism and Palestine: The unveiling of settler-colonial practices in mainstream Zionism

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Abstract

This article examines the rise and key characteristics of Neo-Zionist political thought in Israel and its relationship with mainstream Zionist thought. It argues that despite the radical and repulsive discourses of Neo-Zionism and the critique expressed by liberal Zionists towards it, the former has always been embodied in classical Zionism. The justifications provided by Neo-Zionists are based on principles propagated by central leaders of mainstream Zionism. Utilising new perspectives in Settler-Colonial Studies, the article demonstrates how both strands encapsulate the Zionist continuum and continuous expansionist drive for new settlements in Palestine based on ‘Biblical right’ of Jews over the land of Palestine. Both advocate supremacist, exclusivist, and volkish rights for Jews with disastrous consequences for the indigenous people of Palestine. The convictions and practices of the Neo-Zionists in the post 1967 period help unveil the camouflaged motivations, justifications and practices of mainstream expansionist Zionism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-78
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Edward Said
  • Mainstream Zionism
  • Majoritarian despotism
  • Neo-Zionism
  • New Settler-Colonial Studies
  • Palestine
  • Political messianism
  • Supremacism
  • Territorial expansionism

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