The IDF is not the only military to ban photos of certain places by far, and for very understandable reasons- even if one doesn't agree with why Israel arrests so many Palestinians, and imprisons them. I am a firm believer in the rule of fair and just laws and do not think it is in any ones best interests to collectively punish and methodically persecute people because they are or aren't a certain religion or race. My point was not that the IDF should be held to standards that no other military in the world is, but that the prison itself is a symbol of what Israel has become in its quest to be the Jewish state. PR campaigns to present a pin thin pretty facade to attract tourists simply don't cut it in the information age, such campaigns simply become platforms for the other side to mention the very big ugly reality hiding behind the pretty face.... If indeed tourism is the primary concern here, one must realize that long term Israel's obvious anti-Palestinian politics and polices have serious consequences and ramifications far beyond what happens to the indigenous non-Jewish population of the Holy Land. A letter recently published in The Independent succinctly states: "President Ahmadinejad calls for Israel to be wiped off the map, but Israel effectively wiped Palestine off the map 57 years ago, and where's the indignation over that?" The ugly words from Iran are definitely that- ugly words, but very well publicized words. Meanwhile while much of our main stream news headlines make a big deal about Iran's rant, Palestinians and their supporters are passing around lists of equally ugly and shocking words uttered by Israeli leaders.... "We must expel Arabs and take their places."- David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985. - "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."- David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978. - "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population." - David Ben Gurion quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99. - "(The Palestinians) would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." - Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) Yitzhak Shamir in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988 http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=9959 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I beleive it was Christ who once said "and the truth will set you free...."
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