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Pre-which war?

posted by dru Geography: Middle East Israel, Palestine

January 20, 2007

Pre-which war?

A former Israeli Justice Minister, now the chair of a national holocaust memorial, had some fairly harsh words for the West Bank settlers. He compared the situation of the Palestinians to that of the Jewish diaspora in Europe before WWII:

"It was not crematoria or pogroms that made our life in the diaspora bitter before they began to kill us, but persecution, harassment, stone-throwing, damage to livelihood, intimidation, spitting and scorn," he said. "I was afraid to go to school, because of the little anti-Semites who used to lay in ambush on the way and beat us up. How is that different from a Palestinian child in Hebron?"

He added: "We Jewish citizens of Israel wave a reprimanding finger at most [and] worse still, I tolerated this silently as justice minister too."

Here's a map of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.


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