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Israel’s Attempt at Recolonizing Africa

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Many people around the world have been made to believe that colonialism is a historical experience that no longer finds relevance in the modern world today. This myth of a de-Colonised Africa with sovereign states and independent governments has allowed Africans to enter into a post-colonial world system where Coloniality is continued through the modern state system.

In International politics and neo-liberal discourse in particular the creation of state relations and diplomatic ties hides the colonial matrix of power that is at play, making Africans to believe that diplomatic ties with the Apartheid state of Israel is a progressive and liberal move. It may seem that African states have quickly forgotten the reality and detrimental effects that colonialism and apartheid wrought on the continent so much so that today African states are embracing the very devil that they were shunning just yesteryear. This can be witnessed by the recent embrace by West African leaders of the Israeli Prime Minister in the ECOWAS Summit held last weekend in Liberia.

It should be clear that Israeli’s attempts at establishing dialogue with Africans is a very dangerous move, as Israel sees herself as a legitimately established sovereign state seeking to extend her tentacles by way of diplomatic relations.

Like the metaphor of the devilfish in the water with many tentacles, often used by de- colonial scholars to underlie the deeper rooted problem of Coloniality, Israel’s interest in being part of Africa, is a deliberate move to establish and maintain a colonial foot hold into the African continent. African Leaders should not be deluded into thinking that Israel’s apartheid tendencies and colonising agenda can be contained through diplomatic relations and international political ties.

We are confronted with a country that is obsessively resolute on maintaining power through apartheid so much so that it will use neo-liberal discourse to maintain its oppression of Palestinian people while continuing to make inroads into the African continent.


Nwabisa Sigaba

Researcher: Media Review Network.