Brave yavin where have you been? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • anna
    • 05.06.05 | 12:42 (IDT)

    As this article says, Yavin did not have to look very hard to find the utter ugliness, the cold bloodiness, the inherent horror of the settlement enterprise. Our US television does not show us much either, though some papers do talk about the disaster that the occupation has been for both occupied and occupier. Still, many know, and here, like in Israel, many avert their eyes, just as they do when other american allies do bad things (uzbekistan being the latest. Need we mention pakistan? egypt? argentina? the list is too long, alas). Necause of the perception that all too many israelis, including soldiers, immigrants, young activists and other otherwise good people have descended into "the heart of darkness" to quote Konrad, because of this, convesations among jewish people in the us is strained. We can't talk about what's really going on in Israel because it is too painful. Many of us have friends and relatives there. We never talk about anything of substance any longer amongst ourselves. The curtains have come down on civilized discourse. We can't talk about it, because some of us have taken a very strong position against the occupation and others feel persecuted by the slightest criticisnm of isrtael. Others are religous and no conversation is possible at all in their presence about anything other than the weather, that is if we don't want to fight. What happened to israel, which en mass looked away from the hideous abuse commited in its name for over 30 years now, while others pretended that the palestinians brought it all on themselves because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and of the wrong religion, is too sad for words. These are the same people who could not comprehend how the world could stay silent when rwanda happened, or cambodia, or tibet. I can only hope that this documentary will open a few people's eyes who kept them shut tight before. Hope is all there is.

    from the article: Yavin discovered the darkness
    First published 00:00 05.06.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.06.05
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