This article explores the similarities and differences between Zionism and archetypical European modes of settler colonialism to demonstrate the incongruence between the two phenomena. This analysis is contextualized around the recent discourse surrounding the competing claims of indigeneity to historic Israel/Palestine. The claims of both the Jewish and Palestinian Arab communities are explored to demonstrate that both communities can rightfully claim degrees of Indigenous connection to the territory, but that Palestinian Arab claims of being the sole Indigenous inheritors of the land are dubious. The analysis utilizes Burton's unmet human needs theory, and Kriesberg's theories on identity and conflict intractability to demonstrate how perpetuating such claims serves to exacerbate inter-group conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Furthermore, the relationship between Ottoman and British imperialism in the development of both nationalisms is expounded to illustrate the contributory factors of imperial policies to the development of the national aspirations of both social groups.

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Ran Ukashi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, focusing on Middle East politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and international peacekeeping.


Peace and Conflict Studies; Indigenous Studies; Colonialism; Middle East Studies, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Political Studies

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