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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Israel dedicated to division

The Israeli Cabinet has approved a route of the "security" fence that will cut off 55,000 Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem. Labor Minister Haim Ramon said that the wall was designed to keep out "terrorists" and, in a telling sign of racist slippage, to maintain a Jewish majority in the city. "The fence makes Jerusalem more Jewish", he said.

Israel's descent into apartheid continues.

UPDATE: Further info on the changes here. While the Australian media focuses on Israel's latest request for financial assistance - the Middle East client state knows little shame - Israel MP Azmi Bshara said that the proposed changes suggested the Israeli authorities failed to understand the effect on people's lives and saw only a paper and ruler.


Anonymous Dennis Smith said...

The Palestinians favourite song at the moment is: 'Don't Fence Me In.'

The scandal that is occurring daily in the Middle East is unforgivable.

That is it being carried out by same people that were given a helping hand by the world after the holocaust horrors of WW2 is one of the greatest ironies in world history.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:03:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Irony is one word for it. Historical amnesia is another. Gross insensitivity is another. Blatant racism one more. I could go on....

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...survival instinct is another.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 1:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the settlements, still expanding, contribute to the 'survival' of Jewish Israelis is a connection that I'm having difficulty understanding.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:04:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Agreed. For many, giving up any settlements is "giving in to terrorists". The fact that the settlements are not build on Israeli land - despite the still claimed idea of God's gift to the Jews - contributes to the stalemate.

Israel has never really been serious about peace, as their settlement expansion program has continued now for close to 40 years...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now come on, when has the Arab world ever been serious about peace with Israel?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:40:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It's a given that many in the Arab world like a kind of perpetual war with Israel, of course. Though what is less known is that the Palestinian leadership long ago offered peace treaties with Israel and they were always broken. And before someone talks about Barak and Camp David in 2000, spare yourself. It was neither far nor acceptable and Arafat was right to reject it. Besides, the second intifada was orchestrated by the Israeli establishment to try and silence Palestinian nationalism once and for all. This truth is rarely published in the West.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Dennis Smith said...

The idea of Arabs wanting endless war with Israel is rather hard to imagine given that Israel has the forth strongest army in the world (thanks to the Americans) AND has nuclear bombs.

Israel is clearly an American controlled fortress in an oil-rich area, one that, at any time, can be used as an excuse to invade and occupy any of the Arab States.

America is the real problem.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 4:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the 'Arab' world thinks of or does with respect to Israel (re 'Anonymous') is of tangential relevance to the fact of and the base immorality of Israeli ethnic cleansing.
And of course the fact of and the base immorality of the West's financial underpinning of above.
The red herrings thrown up by the Israeli lobby make Goebel's apparatus look like a Sunday school picnic.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:19:00 pm  

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