#97 Maria - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Janice
    • 22.09.07 | 07:58 (IST)

    Sorry to disappoint you Maria. I was 16 years old in 1948 and was thrilled when the state of Israel came into existence. My father raised thousands of dollars for what he was told by 2 members of the Yishuv would be a bi-national state. He was later to be disillusioned. I began to learn what really happened when a member of my husband's family told me that in 1948 as a member of the Haganah he helped to forcibly remove a village of peaceful Arabs and sent them fleeing into Lebanon. The "cleansed" land became a kibbutz. Later I realized that this action was against every ideal with which I had been raised and decided that it was wrong that I could "return" but the people who had been pushed from their homes could not. I was raised with Jewish history and Jewish values and it is because of my Jewish values that I protest against the oppression of another people. There are more Jews than you know who feel exactly as I do.

    from the article: UN: Israel has added dozens of new roadblocks in West Bank
    First published 00:00 21.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.09.07
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