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    • Amir
    • 22.01.10 | 07:21 (IST)

    To all the Akiva Eldar haters out there, I think that his core message is that people are people and that suffering is suffering. He is simply noting that if we feel compassion towards those in Haiti who are suffering, and then act on compassion, it doesn't make any sense that we turn a blind eye to the suffering of the people in Gaza--especially, since we (The Israelis) have the power to instantly mitigate their suffering. What I'm saying is, a human is a human, not matter his or her ethnicity. Isn't this so blatantly obvious though? And yet, because we cast some humans as belonging to large forces of evil, we so easily turn a blind eye to their suffering. Even if some humans are committing evil deeds, does that mean that their suffering is not real and does not matter? It matters and that's all Akiva Eldar is saying. Open your heart a little and let yourself be touched by the pain.

    from the article: Israel's compassion in Haiti can't hide our ugly face in Gaza
    First published 01:09 18.01.10 | Last updated 09:26 18.01.10
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