Gaza is Europe here and now

, by  Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Brahim Guedich, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Without soul or memory, Europe is incapable of seeing the similarity between the images of death and destruction during the desperate uprising of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto on April 19, 1943, and the images we see today of the Gaza Strip. And the fate that Europe (and also the United States, Japan and its allies) legitimizes for those considered subhuman is the same: in Warsaw, it was deportation to concentration camps and crematoria; in Gaza, it is the Gaza Strip reduced to a state of ruins, scorched earth, emptied of its Palestinians. With nowhere to go, neither by land nor by sea, the fate of the inhabitants of Gaza is the same: death. Ultimately, this brutal policy is legitimized by what I have called the abyssal line, the line that has separated full-fledged human beings from those considered subhuman since the beginning of colonial expansion. It’s no coincidence that we hear Israeli officials refer to Palestinians as animals.


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