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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

When an occupation is not an occupation

The Israeli army now says it can complete the Gaza withdrawal within 10 days. Former Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Arens, a close confidante of Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared on last night's ABC Lateline. After claiming that the evacuation was immoral, incorrect, strategically clumsy and downright unfair to those poor little settlers - a view also held by Daniel Pipes, who calls the withdrawal, "one of the worst errors ever made by a democracy" - he claimed that Gaza was in fact not occupied at all.

TONY JONES: They are pulling out of occupied territory, it isn't, after all, Israeli land that they're being removed from.

MOSHE ARENS: Well, you'll probably hear different opinions on this subject. The land that has been settled from which people are about to be evicted say in the area that's called Gush Katif was empty. Nobody's land was being taken, they were sand dunes. The people who settled there have turned the desert into vegetable gardens, into flower gardens, into agricultural land. Now they're being thrown out of there, so it's not land that's been taken away from somebody.

No mention of the 1.3 million Palestinians living under military occupation. No mention of the daily subjugation of an entire people to satisfy the whims of an extreme Zionist ideology. And no follow-up question from Tony Jones.


Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I heard a BBC story the other night which looked at the Palestinian side of things as well as the Israeli.

First we heard from "settlers" who were distressed about events and were uncertain of their future.

Then we heard from a Palestinian family whose home had been used as a sniper base for a couple of years and whose kids had been at different times wounded by Israeli troops. The father of the family told us that he had not left his home - and would not ever do so - because it was ignoble to be pushed out of one's home.

These sentiments were echoed when I heard a report this morning where Israeli settlers said much the same thing - one bloke compared his home and the soil it was on to a child, which could never be ripped from his arms.

I hope that something good comes of this. For now it looks like another source of pain for all involved, and perhaps another reason for antagonism in the future, by either side.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:25:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It's certainly a painful affair, but the way the media portrays these 'poor' settlers. Puuulease. They're living on illegally held land, have no right to be there and many of them have made life for Palestinians absolutely hell. But instead, we're treated to sob stories about these poor Jewish families having to leave their homes. Good riddance.
Onto the the West Bank...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:16:00 pm  

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