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A response to Arash Azizi
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A response to Arash Azizi

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Arash Azizi reacted to my recent essay, The Case for Colonizing Gaza, by responding to a troll who had called the essay “blatantly racist,” to which Arash Azizi replied, “It’s not just racist but outright fascist.”

There is nothing racist or fascist about it, any more than there was about the U.S. occupation of Germany since that is precisely what I am recommending. Moreover, when he was a guest on this show, he commiserated with me as I described my anguish over the suffering in the Israel-Hamas War, so he knows better than anyone not to accuse me of racism against Palestinians.

That said, here are some unprepared thoughts on this and the deplorable pattern of deliberate misunderstanding and accusations of racism on social media these days.

Update: Arash Azizi unfollowed me on X shortly after this post went live.

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The Radicalist follows writer and foreign correspondent David Josef Volodzko as he speaks with politicians, historians, psychologists, writers, and professors about political extremism in all its forms, tracing its philosophical roots and political consequences to help us better understand our world today.