# 88 sarah - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Axel
    • 14.08.07 | 01:43 (IDT)

    "I can see your pragmatic point but I still cannot see the difference in principle between Palestinians and Kurds. Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, Kurds live under Turkish, Iranian and Syrian occupation." The difference IN PRINCIPLE is that Palestinians living under Israeli occupation is not a subjective Palestinian perception, but an objective fact. Kurds might subjectively define their existence like "under occupation", but objectively they are Turkish etc. citizens. The Kurdish movement is secessionist, i.e. meant to separate from an existing state. The Palestinian movement is nationalist, i.e. meant to create statehood on territory not part of an existing state. That's the difference.

    from the article: Kurds build an island of calm in the inferno of Iraq
    First published 00:00 13.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 13.08.07
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