Palestinian-American Professor Rashid Khalidi has described Gaza as “a pressure cooker” that “had to explode.” Israeli holocaust scholar Raz Segal has decried Israel’s assault on Gaza as “a textbook case of genocide.”The Palestinian military action in Gaza this week shows that “the colonial powers can no longer believe they can force people to live under the conditions Israel has subjected Palestinians to and expect no retaliation of the oppressed” says Khalidi. The Palestinian rebellion is a historic development in the Palestinian struggle that also signals a paradigm shift in the world situation.

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