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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Playing with words in the Middle East


Here's the game. I list words and you consider which ones the media and Canadian and US leaders use... or don't use. No prizes this time.

By the way, naming these things differently is not anti-Semitic. Expecting Israel to operate within International Law is not anti-Semitic. Thinking that the Palestinian people have lived under a brutal occupation for decades is not anti-Semitic. Oh... and by the way, the Palestinian people are also from the Semites.

I believe in the two state solution, forged by international pressure and not accepting violence against civilians from any side. It's more realistic and viable than this endless cycle of escalating violence - that can only please arms dealers, neo-con nutjobs, Islamic extremists, US empire builders and Israeli hawks.

Words related to Palestinians
- terrorist, insurgent OR freedom fighter, independence force, soldiers
- kidnap Israeli soldiers OR 'round up the enemy' (see below)
- murder, kill Israeli civilians OR collateral damage
- Islamic extremists OR leaders


Words related to Israel
- Israeli Defence Force OR occupying army
- round up Palestinian citizens OR kidnapping civilians
- collateral damage OR killing civilians
- settlements OR occupied Palestinian land



Comments:
This is a great analogy. You a teacher too?
 
Thanks Glenda. No, I'm not a teacher, but I do facilitate meetings and events a lot and think a bit like one (I've been told).
 
Right on!
 
"Expecting Israel to operate within International Law is not anti-Semitic. Thinking that the Palestinian people have lived under a brutal occupation for decades is not anti-Semitic. Oh... and by the way, the Palestinian people are also from the Semites."...... BRAVO, Gary!!
I am so tired of being made to feel like an anti-Semite when I criticize Israel and her policies.
I wallop the Catholic Church and America and her govt on an almost daily basis... does that make me anti-Catholic and anti-American? NOPE.
Logic like that sounds exactly like the vomitous wingnut/ neo-con talking points that are used to club people over the head who dare to disagree with them.
 
Colin Powell (who I have no love for) said "It is not anti-semitic to question the foreign policies of a country." No one wants to know what the Israeli government does to Palestinians. Our worldwide MSM only wants us to know when a Palestinian suicide bomber attacks a cafe. The people of this world need to start seeking truth. The Democrats also support the brutality of Israel against Palestinian civilians. Oh yeah, it's a tragic loss, but that's all, just a tragedy. How sad. Oh well. When Israels own citizens are protesting the government we have to realize that not all is as our dear leaders would wish for us to believe. It would be like believing all Americans support the war in Iraq.
 
I think a two country solution is ideal, but I also think you might as well try to part the Red Sea.

I wonder if two counties existed, though, if they would continue to fight each other. I think this is a possibility. Each might be jealous of the other's land AND there would be the issue of who is going to have Jerusalem in their country. Like I said, someone might as well try to part the Red Sea.
 

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