Тоска

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“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.” -Владимир Набоков

With the light having been recently shed on Gaza, one gets righteously caught up in the particulars of the situation, forgetting why this is happening, and on what magnitude this systematic genocide is vibrating. Why does Israel invade Gaza? Is this about Gaza, or even Hamas? What is this about? We go back to the core issue that peace talks and the United Nations and the United States and the entire international community has long brushed under the rug: the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the project of a greater Israel. This is not new. This has been a consistency since the Zionist movement began in the early twentieth century. This IS what the Zionist movement is, by definition. To cast the Israel-Palestinian question as anything that digresses from the former, is incomplete reasoning and therefore untrue. That is also why Israel has never defined its borders. The international community is misinformed, thinking that this is a Gaza-Israeli “conflict”, or a Hamas-Israeli “conflict”, forgetting that Hamas itself is a by-product of the Israeli occupation, in its very nature, a well-deserved personification of the Palestinians’ right of armed resistance against the most powerful army in the world, an army of a colonialist, racist, oppressive people—making us refugees in our lands. This is and always has been an issue of land. A racism against all Arabs in a project of a great Israel.

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