Conflation of different issues - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Shmule
    • 01.06.13 | 20:17 (IDT)

    Unfortunately it is all to easy to conflate disapproval/disgust/intolerance to a nation's policies and practices with those same attitudes towards state or its citizens. Even more unfortunate is the all to common practice of that conflation with respect to Israel: anyone who disapproves, is disgusted by and is intolerant to the policies and acts of the Israeli government and military is tarred and feathered as if they have those attitudes -and worse, abject hatred- towards the citizenry of Israel. This is disingenuous at best. Notice how no other country on the planet asserts such rubbish when its government or people are criticized? And to point towards a historic tragedy as justification, or similarly, to point towards historic or current injustice(s) of other regimes is likewise disingenuous and infantile. Injustices others perpetrate does not excuse the injustices of this state. So, the title of this piece is designed to appeal to emotion, and misrepresents the issue - a more appropriate title would be, "Why do people hate the Israeli government's policies and military actions?" but that would not be as attention-grabbing, emotive or catchy, and certainly above the title character limit of a news outlet. But the point is valid. As is criticism of the government's and military policies and acts. And criticism does not necessarily equal hatred of the state or its citizens.

    from the article: Why do people hate Israel? (a self-test)
    First published 20:15 28.05.13 | Last updated 20:15 28.05.13
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