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The Human Right to Dominate$
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Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199365012.001.0001

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The Human Right to Colonize

The Human Right to Colonize

(p.101) Chapter 4 The Human Right to Colonize
The Human Right to Dominate

Nicola Perugini

Neve Gordon

Oxford University Press

This chapter explicates the way in which human rights language and strategies have become a colonial weapon in Israel/Palestine. It analyzes the historical conditions that allowed for the emergence of settler human rights NGOs, the networks they have created, and the legal-political practices they have developed in order to achieve their goals. These organizations have adopted a threefold strategy. First, they have appropriated the language of human rights, translating it into a specific colonial dialect. Second, they mirror the techniques and strategies of liberal human rights NGOs. Finally, they try to invert the way the asymmetry of power on the ground is being framed by transforming the settler into the native and the indigenous into the invader. The authors provide several examples of how these strategies advance the dispossession of Palestinians in Israel and its occupied territories, thus revealing how human rights can be used against indigenous people around the globe.

Keywords:   human rights NGOs, settler colonialism, settler NGOs, colonial mimicry, Bedouin, High Court of Justice, Israel, Palestinians

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