A Columbia University professor on Sunday described the war between Hamas and Israel as “indigenous Palestinian resistance” against a “colonial army.”
Joseph Massad, professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, wrote an article highlighting the efforts of Hamas fighters who invaded Israel on October 7.
The effort, Massad writes, consisted of more than two dozen combat sites, which involved Hamas conquering “50 Israeli military targets” for its Al-Aqsa Flood operation.
Hamas’s capture of Israeli checkpoints separating Gaza from Israel was “stunning,” Massad described in a section of the article titled “Jubilation and Fear.”
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Massad added that Hamas’ campaign has also stunned Israelis as well as Palestinian and Arab people who have emerged in the region to show support for their Palestinian counterparts in their battle against their “cruel colonizers.”
Massad said the operation was in retaliation for “ongoing Israeli pogroms in the West Bank city of Huwwara and Jerusalem.” A pogrom is a Russian word describing an organized massacre of a particular ethnic, religious, racial or national minority group, approved or tolerated by state authorities.
Additionally, he pointed out that Israeli settlers stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish High Holidays last month.
“The spectacle of Palestinian resistance fighters storming the Israeli checkpoints separating Gaza from Israel was stunning, not only for Israelis but especially for the Palestinian and Arab people who came across the region to march in support to the Palestinians in their fight against their cruel colonizers,” Massad wrote.
Towards the end of the article, Massad wrote: “But as the ongoing war between the Israeli colonial army and the indigenous Palestinian resistance has only just begun, the coming days will surely be crucial in determining whether this is the beginning of the Palestinian war. of Liberation or even one more battle in the endless struggle between the colonizer and the colonized.
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Massad or the chair of his department did not immediately respond to comment.
According to the Columbia University website, Massad writes on modern Arab politics and intellectual history with a particular interest in theories of identity and culture which include theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion.
He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998.
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Meanwhile, since the surprise attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists on Saturday, hundreds of civilians, including children, the elderly and soldiers, have been killed, injured or captured. Israel retaliated against Hamas by firing missiles into Gaza.
A Hamas terrorist attack on music festival in Israel cost the lives of at least 260 spectators and many others were kidnapped and injured. Those kidnapped – including US citizens – are still being held hostage in Gaza.
More than 1,000 Israelis were killed, including at least 22 Americans.
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Ashlyn Messier of FOX News contributed to this report.