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Israel's colonial expansion does not happen in a political vacuum

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When European diplomats visit the occupied Palestinian territories to observe the damage wrought by Israel's home demolitions and forced displacement, the only response is generally to "urge the Israeli authorities to cease such actions." As a settler-colonial state based on the ideology of Zionism, Israel was built upon and maintains an expansionist agenda, so such calls are a total waste of time, and the EU knows it.

This year has seen an increase in Palestinian-owned structures destroyed and the level of forced displacement. Recent statistics published by the Office of the European Representative of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip notes a 70 per cent increase in the number of forcibly displaced Palestinians, in comparison with the same period last year. Notably, since the Bennet-Lapid government was sworn in on 13 June, demolitions have increased by 148 per cent when compared with 2020.

The EU's greatest discrepancy lies in its responses to Israel, as well as its diplomatic relations with the settler-colonial state. Less than two weeks ago, the EU's Foreign........

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