The New Zealand Shootings, a Microcosm of Imperialism

Kassem, Julia

Publisher:  Solidarity
Date Written:  19/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23567

The New Zealand Shootings and other mass murders use the same justification as governments that carry out campaigns against the same targets on a larger scale.




Just hours before the Christchurch shooter live-streamed his murders, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) live-tweeted its audience on its latest Gaza bombing campaign. "We have just started striking terror sites in Gaza," the Tweet read, “Details to follow.” The dehumanization of the victims was evident in both communications....

Yet what was carried out individually by the two killers is regularly carried out by Western governments on a large scale. The nations represented by the victims - Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq - are the target of bombing campaigns and warfare by Israel and the U.S. and other Western powers.

The vicious hate-kill-repeat cycle of Islamophobia provides the justification to bomb, occupy, and destroy Muslim and Arab lands and to target, attack and kill immigrants who seek refuge from the conditions which have, for them, rendered their home countries uninhabitable.

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