Yesterday, I received Adam Keller’s translation of an op ed piece in last Thursday’s Israel HaYom ‘
Year after year, I return to theThat would doubtless be the peace camp as manifest in Peace Now, the organisation that spawned Amir Peretz, who served as Defense Minister during last year’s merciless bombing of
Rabin Squarewith devotion and determination. On years of near-despair as on better years, I feel obliged to share in the collective memory. This is the annual moment when the Peace Camp stands up to be counted, and in my view those who dig into details miss the main point.
The second reason derives from the will to maintain the democratic character of this country. As a citizen, it is my right to protest and act against decisions made on political and military levels. As a soldier, I must fulfill my duty and cannot pick and choose operations I wish to undertake. (Except for obviously illegal acts, for example the killing of innocents, undue violent behavior, humiliation, torture).
Not to mention ‘obviously illegal acts’ like occupying territory acquired by force of arms and restricting the movement of the occupied population.
This year, Shlomot hesitates, bec
…Defence Minister Ehud Barak is due to speak at this year’s Rabin Memorial Rally. This is good enough a reason to doubt and hesitate, to think twice about attending. Barak is the worst of the leaders staffing the government ministries and taking charge of the people’s hopes.The beatification of Rabin as some kind of peacemaker is naïve in the extreme.
Barak is no successor of Rabin - bec
ause , with all its f Oslo aults and deficiencies, was based on mutual confidence. Barak has severely damaged the confidence between us and the Palestinians, as well as between Jews and Arabs inside . Israel
The confidence she writes of exists only in the imagination of people who believe that dividing a Palestinian state, comprising 22% of historical
What interested me about this paragraph was Shlomot’s apparent wish to distinguish ‘the Palestinians’ and ‘Arabs inside
At the same time, the distinction aims to deprive Palestinians of ‘peoplehood’ or ‘nationhood’. One of the populations achieved some recognition as a separate people precisely when
There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southernPresumably, had there been no ‘Palestinian people in
Syriabefore the First World War, and then it was a Palestineincluding . It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Jordan considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist. Palestine
Sunday Times, 1969-06-15; The
Post, 1969-06-16 Washington
It’s not for nothing that ‘The International Community’ has belatedly recognised ethnic cleansing as a crime against humanity. Ilan Pappe has demonstrated conclusively that the Jewish majority in part of
[Hat tip to Sol Salbe.]