It is Not “Settler Colonialism”

Nahida Izzat,
Exiled Palestinian

“Settler colonialism” is a misnomer

It implies just a migration of some people to settle somewhere else

It sounds normal, harmless and benign

It sounds soft, peaceful and inclusive

It sounds permanent, “here to stay”

What we have in Palestine, is not “settler colonialism”, what we have is no less than a Supremacist Genocidal Barbaric Belligerent Occupation of Historic Palestine which has to be terminated.

​Labeling it mere “settler colonialism” is an attempt to whitewashing a Supremacist Genocidal Barbaric Belligerent Occupation. In accordance with International Court of Justice 2004...

1) Belligerent Occupation (military or otherwise) with which the occupied people don’t agree, i.e. they resist, is a Grave Breach of International Law, which constitutes a War Crime.

   a) Since 1948, Palestinians have resisted the occupation of their land, hence under International law there is a Belligerent Occupation of Palestine.

   b) This Belligerent Occupation of Palestine does not protect the rights the needs nor provides for them, to the contrary it has been oppressing, maiming, imprisoning, torturing, dispossessing, ethnically cleansing, killing them en masse them without a respite, ever since.

2) Settlements in occupied lands are Grave Breaches of International Law. Jewish Settlements in Palestine is a Grave breach of International Law, which constitutes a War Crime.

This is before even talking about the numerous massacres of Palestinians and the attempt to destroy their geography, history, culture and ancient civilization through the 75 years of belligerent occupation.

Since 1948 “israel” has been murdering, ethnically cleansing Palestinians, and since 7th October 2023 it has been committing Barbaric Genocide in real time, and now being legally prosecuted for it in the International Court of Justice.

War Crimes engender the Right to Armed Resistance.
War Crimes engender legally protected right to armed resistance.

Hamas is a Resistance Movement, along with other Palestinian resistance movements, who are engaged in legally resisting the occupation and usurpation of their land, which is granted to them by International Law.

Hamas has been unlawfully and illegally labeled as “terrorist” by “israel” and its allies and even by some “anti-Zionists”.


“israel” is not “settler colonialism”, but a Supremacist Genocidal, Barbaric, [and] Belligerent Occupation of Historic Palestine which has to be terminated.

Hamas is not a “terrorist” organization but a legitimate Resistance Movement.

"To smile when confronted with the most severe oppression, is an act of Resistance rooted in unparalleled beauty."
~ Jonathan Azaziah


Nahida Izzat: "I am -a Jerusalem born- Palestinian refugee living in exile for over 40 years. I was forced to leave my homeland, Palestine at the age of seven during the six-day war. I am a mathematician by profession but art is one of my favorite pastimes, I love hand-made things, so I make dolls, cards, and most of my clothes. I also write poetry and participate in dialogues with known and unknown friends as I believe that communication is the first step to understanding, I believe in building bridges, not walls. My shy nature hinders me from public speaking, so I try to compensate for my shortcomings by writing! I started writing some years ago when my friends insisted I should write about my memories, experiences, and my feelings as a Palestinian. So I self-published two books, I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story. [Biographical information: Growing Gardens for Palestine]

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