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Thursday, September 22, 2005

They would say that, wouldn't they?

Norman Finkelstein writes an opinion article that the American mainstream press refuses to publish. Why? The usual reason: Israel's mythical position as Middle East human rights defenders must remain intact. God forbid America's relationship with its client state is exposed for what it really is:

"On the night of August 24, 2005, Israeli troops shot dead three teenage boys and two adults in a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp. An army communique claimed the five were terrorists, killed after opening fire on the soldiers. An investigation by Israel's leading human rights organization, B'Tselem, and its leading newspaper, Haaretz, found, however, that the teenagers were unarmed and had no connection with any terrorist organizations, while neither of the two adults was armed or wanted by the Israelis.

"In Israel, as elsewhere, it's prudent to treat official pronouncements with scepticism.

"This is especially so when it comes to the "peace process."

Read the whole thing.


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