From The New Republic, an overview of Israel as colonial power and Palestinians as the colonized.
Colonial regimes breed anti-colonial resistance. It has been happening since Biblical times. Sometimes, the resistance takes an ugly form. Think of the Algerian or Irish resistance. And that has certainly been the case with the Palestinian resistance—from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP plane hijackings and the murder of the Israeli Olympians in Munich to the Hamas suicide bombers during the Second Intifada or Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s launching of rockets on civilian targets. At each particular juncture, the colonial power may be justified in striking back at its adversaries. But ultimately the colonial power bears a great deal of responsibility for the continuing conflict.