Mohammed Abu-Khdeir and the Politics of Racial Terror in Occupied Jerusalem by Sarah Ihmoud 

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In Genocide and Settler Society, Dirk Moses argues that in colonial contexts, genocide is a dynamic process that has the potential to be released in ‘circumstances of crisis’ (2004, p. 33). Flashpoints of exterminatory violence released by colonial agents and social hysteria among settler communities on the frontier, what Moses terms ‘genocidal moments’ (ibid. p. 34), reveal not only the complex relationship between settler communities and the state in its various forms, but also the deep structure of settler society. Shalhoub Kevorkian has argued that the Israeli settler colonial project is energized by a structure of genocidal dispossession, a structure predicated on a racial schema that evicts Palestinians from the realm of the human, relegating them to zones of non-being and death (2015b).
What interests me here is not only the creation of a genocidal moment that gave way to Mohammed’s murder, one that further evidences Israel’s structure of genocidal dispossession, but also the resurgence of a discourse of colonial sexual violence in conjunction with the creation of this genocidal moment.

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