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posted 08 May 2005 03:34 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The use of lethal force on Palestinian demonstrators, even when they throw stones, expresses abysmal contempt for the life of non-Jews. That same officer would not have fired on Jewish demonstrators in similar circumstances. The thought would not even have crossed his mind. But Palestinians, and Arabs generally, are not considered full human beings.

Opening live fire on unarmed 14 and 15- year old boys shows a deeply-rooted racist mentality. The boys' age was clear to the officer who shot them. They could not have "endangered his life", as he claims, if they had not been quite close. He certainly would have found other ways to drive them off if they had been the children of orthodox Jews or settlers.

The protection of children is a profound human instinct. A person must be a hatred-ridden racist, or have a twisted mind, for this instinct to be put out of action, whatever the origin of the boys.

There is no more appropriate day to protest against such an act, and the mental attitudes lurking behind it, than Holocaust Day.

Uri Avnery

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posted 09 May 2005 10:14 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I received that message from Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery in my e-mail, and thought this was an essential point:

How can one demonstrate for Arabs, especially on Holocaust Day?

Well, it's a good question. And there is a good answer.

The answer expresses one of the lessons to be drawn from the Holocaust, a lesson that should be raised like a banner on Holocaust Day:

That decent persons must come to the aid of a persecuted minority.

That loyalty to your country does not justify agreement with the occupation of another country and the oppression of another people.

That you must not accept an ideology telling you that you belong to a master nation, to a superior race, to a chosen people - and that other people are inferior and subhuman.

It comes down to the whole debate about the meaning of "Never Again" as cried out by the doomed resistance fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. I think it is essential to keep in mind the Fighters' other slogan: "For our freedom and yours". And remember that the latter does not refer only to Jewish and non-Jewish Poles.

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posted 09 May 2005 10:50 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It comes down to the whole debate about the meaning of "Never Again" as cried out by the doomed resistance fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto.

It does.

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posted 24 May 2005 09:55 PM      Profile for rsfarrell        Edit/Delete Post
For years human rights activists have been pointing out that Israel would never treat Jewish enemies the way it treats Palestinians. But the evidence was, of necessity, mostly circumstanial, because, Jews were not in conflict with the authorities in the same way Palestinians were.

But thanks to the disengagement plan, we have direct evidence of the double standard. Jews are found infiltrating Sharon's ranch -- they're released. Jewish stone throwers are ignored, not shot. Jews run over IDF soliders in their cars -- nothing happens to them beyond arrest and swift remand.

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