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"Peace Not Apartheid"

sulli (195030) writes | more than 7 years ago

User Journal 2

The anti-Carter campaign is predictable but off the mark. Anyone who follows the Israeli-Palestinian debate knows that the the term "apartheid" is commonly used by opponents of the wall that divides Palestinian communities in the West Bank. (Or the "separation barrier" as the Israelis call it.)The anti-Carter campaign is predictable but off the mark. Anyone who follows the Israeli-Palestinian debate knows that the the term "apartheid" is commonly used by opponents of the wall that divides Palestinian communities in the West Bank. (Or the "separation barrier" as the Israelis call it.)

It's a good idea to have a fence - but the fact that the Israelis have used it to unilaterally declare borders inside the Palestinian areas, and have extended the policy to roads inside Palestine, has meant that Israelis and foreigners in the West Bank are treated materially differently from Palestinians solely on the basis of their race and religion, and if that's not discrimination, I don't know what is.

Security is important, but if that is the case, Israel should get rid of the settlements and withdraw to internationally recognized borders. Then they can - and should - build as big a wall as they would like.

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Israel is made insecure (0, Flamebait)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 7 years ago | (#17237714)

by their treatment of the Palestinians.

The Israeli Goliath can step on the little David of Palestine, only so long...

Re:Israel is made insecure (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 7 years ago | (#17333374)

Nonsense. Israel pulls back from Gaza, and they get attacked for it. And you and the many blind parrots out there blame Israel all over again.

sulli is right that to some degree Israel should withdraw, and they have been doing that, big time. Raise your hand if you ever thought, a few years ago, you would see Ariel Sharon, let alone any Israeli PM, pull back those settlements and abandon the Gaza Strip. And if your hand is up, you're lying.

And yet even as Israel pulls back, they are being attacked on the way out. I agree with sulli, again, that the fence is far from perfect. But an imperfect fence is better than none at all. They should pull back more than they have (though not as far as Hamas wants them to), but again, they have been pulling back.

This is the time to be encouraging Israel to do a little bit better, and to be discouraging Palestinians and Lebanese terrorists from attacking them, that they might continue their progress, not to be beating them over the head until they abandon the progress they've made. If you really want to see Israel have a better fence, to withdraw from more settlements, then the answer is not to attack them: that will only bring Netanyahu or one of his buddies back, and we will see renewed escalation. I like Netanyahu a lot, don't get me wrong, but now is the time for someone like the new Sharon. Who, unfortunately, is not around to help out.
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