The Palestinian man killed in Kafr Qasim this week was just the latest casualty of a colonial system whose masters feel forever threatened by the natives they rule over.
By Marzuq Al-Halabi
The killing of a Palestinian man in Kafr Qasim by an Israeli security guard earlier this week was more than just a regrettable incident that raised questions about police conduct. It was also a near-exact repetition of other such episodes in which the victim was Palestinian and the killer a member of the security forces.
Fifty-two young Arab citizens have been shot dead by Israeli security forces since October 2000. They are classified in legal terms as separate cases, each assessed on its own merits, but they’re not. These killings are part of an ongoing phenomenon — a creeping process that has resulted not from the conduct of native Palestinian Arabs, but from the structural relations between them and Jewish society, which adopted a colonialist approach toward the native Arab population in the region.
Official spokespersons in Israel tell us that the killings of Muhammad Taha in Kfar Qasim, of Yaqoub Abu al-Qi’an in Umm al-Hiran, and of many others besides, resulted from security forces feeling that their lives were in danger and therefore they had no choice but to kill them. This story is invariably helped along by a fawning media and other advocates. And added to it will be the Kafr Qasim security guard’s defense attorney’s claim: “If the security guard hadn’t opened fire, he probably wouldn’t be alive now!”
When the master feels threatened
These classic colonial power relations, which are developing anew around us, always assert themselves as a paradigm in which the Jewish “master” feels endlessly feels threatened by any movement, utterance, gathering, singing or shouting by the natives.
This sense of threat invariably turns lethal when the friction between the native and the ruler becomes a reality, such as during home demolitions, crowd dispersal — even for gatherings with a permit — and so on. Every member of the Israeli security forces and every police unit is equipped with the most sophisticated military technology, which is particularly conspicuous to the Arab Palestinian public.
It’s no stretch to say that this army gear is intended to oppress those very natives who are the source of this constant threat, especially if they don’t acquiesce to the aggressive and provocative...Read More