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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Amira Hass arrested and an interesting podcast on Israel and apartheid

Besides this momentous meeting between Obama and Netanyahu, I came across 2 other interesting items:

Haaretz Reporter Amira Hass Arrested Upon Leaving Gaza
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/05/12-7


When responsibility for the Strip is spoken about, the response is always- oh, Israel disengaged from there several years ago and has nothing to do with it. Their humanitarian disaster is their problem. If that is the case, I wonder why Israel continues to interfere and control who comes and goes, whether it be journalists or whoever. The disengagement is being seen for what it is: a continued occupation minus the burden of those pesky human rights and other laws.

Hass is Israeli. I thought they were allowed to go wherever they wanted? Maybe she's on the blacklist of peace-loving, self-hating Jews. And a journalist on top of that, so she may report what she sees. They can't have that if they are to construct a myth on which to build and keep American support and love! Down with the facts! To welcome Bibi to power, let's all stick our heads in the sand, forget about peace and justice and declare Israel the perpetual victim. In America, we pretty much do that anyway, so that's a head start for us. Yay.

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This is Apartheid!: Hazam Jujum Speaks on Israeli Practices in Palestine
http://ctl.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=476034


On a less sarcastic note...

This is an excellent discussion of the apartheid-like conditions in the Occupied Territories. There has been some controversy over whether or not the term applies, especially with the publication of Carter's book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid. I think after the headlines, most of the hour is about the apartheid situation, so it is fairly comprehensive. Some common arguments against using the term are addressed. Israel is very creative in its use and application of law. I can say that for them.

It's really interesting. Anyone who still doesn't get why Palestinians and Arabs in general are mad at Israel should really have a listen.

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