Dispossession, Destruction & Death: The Political Quagmire that is The Palestinian Question.

Why peace is so hard & war so easy; the politics & history of Israeli oppression, and the lack of Palestinian leadership it engenders, makes it so. There is no end in sight…

Peter Winn-Brown

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A man walking in rubble in Khan Younis, Gaza silhouetted against against a blue sky
Searching in the rubble in the wake of Israeli strikes, Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, October 2023. Image from Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Salem/Reuters.

“In his book ‘Uneven Development’ the geographer Neil Smith brilliantly formulates how capitalism historically has produced a particular kind of nature and space, an unequally developed landscape that integrates poverty with wealth, industrial urbanization with agricultural diminishment. The culmination of this process is imperialism, which dominates, classifies, and universally commodifies all space under the aegis of the metropolitan center…/…Smith calls this ‘scientifically’ natural world a ‘second’ nature. To the anti-imperialist imagination, our space at home in the peripheries has been usurped and put to use by outsiders for their purpose. It is therefore necessary to seek out, to map, to invent, or to discover a ‘third’ nature, not pristine and pre-historical but deriving from the deprivations of the present.”

Edward Said, on the search for something vital and new out of the cultural desecration of post-colonialism, from Culture & Imperialism (1).

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Peter Winn-Brown

The past can illuminate the present if we shine the light of inquiry openly, truthfully, with attention to detail & care for the salient facts.