chapter  6
Palestine in Black and White: White Settler- Colonialism and the Specter of Transnational Black Power
ByBlack Power Greg Burris
Pages 18

For the already besieged and malnourished population of Gaza, the summer of 2014 was a summer of hell. For 51 days and nights, Israel decimated the Strip, dropping some 20,000 tons of explosives-the rough equivalent of six nuclear bombs-on one of the world’s most densely populated territories: a piece of land smaller than Liechtenstein, about one-tenth the size of Rhode Island, and inhabited by a captive population of nearly two million people. Unable to escape the destruction, people took refuge wherever they could-in hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, and other United Nations-designated shelters. However, even these buildings were not always spared. By the end of the devastation, over 2,200 Palestinians were dead, over 10,000 wounded, and over a quarter of a million displaced. To use a metaphor frequently invoked by Israeli strategists, this was another instance of Israel “mowing the grass.”2