Correcting wrong with wrong - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • mohqmmed
    • 25.07.05 | 07:32 (IDT)

    Mr. Levy brings across some excellent points in this article. I am an Arab-Israeli and was shocked by how the demonstrators were at first being refused the right to protest, in one way or another, by the measures used to make their quest extremely difficult. I am also shocked when Israeli police and the IDF use force against Arab Israelis or Palestinians in the territories. What happened to people have the right to protest and state their views in a democracy? If the people of the "Orange revolution" want to protest, then they have every right to do so. If they want to make their voices heard, then there is nothing wrong with that. Let them march on, its their right. I always thought that the cause of the current Palestinian attitude came to place due to the tactics used by the IDF for so long. Today, I would disagree that if the IDF suddenly became all nice right this moment, that the Palestinians would become calm right away. The emotions are just too tense now. However, had the IDF started off on the right note a long time ago, and not used force, and allowed people to protest, then I doubt that the Palestinians would have ever felt the need to use violence as it is out of frustration. The same goes to the so called right wing extremists, who ironically enough were viewed as heros not too long ago. Why cant they protest? And why do the settlers in Gush Katif have to be displaced? This disengagement is just as bad as uprooting Palestinians was in 1948. The fact of the matter is, it is now 2005, 57 years later. Why must someone who was born in gush KAtif leave? And why must a Palestinian born in Haifa leave Haifa? We have to stop blaming each other and dwelling over the past and we have to live with what is now. This whole two state solution disengagement thing is short term thinking. 50 years from now, the children of Gush Katif resident will still be bitter, just as the children of 1948 refugees are. There will always be a religious Jew who will want to live in Hebron, and there will always be a Palestinian refugee who still holds on to his key to a house in Haifa that was left in 48. So basically, the only solution is to keep those in gush Katif there, to let everyone live under one umbrella secular state. I dont even want to call it binational, cause its not. The truth is, its multi-religious and multi-cultural, but not binational. The cultures are converging. I see it everytime I walk on the street and see an arab in western clothes, and an Achkanaz Jew eating falafel. Wake up people, were doing to Gush Katif what was done to Arabs in 1948. Time to stop using these tactics. Time to stop correcting wrong with wrong. Lets just forget the past and live in the present. One country for all, and everyone should believe in what they want and live where they want. Support to the protestors in Gaza, you have every right to protest!

    from the article: Civics lesson at Kfar Maimon
    First published 00:00 24.07.05 | Last updated 00:00 24.07.05
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