Focusing on suffering of the past - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Stephen Murray
    • 17.02.11 | 12:49 (IST)

    A brilliant article. I often compare the holocaust with the Irish potato famine and wonder how long it took ourselves to stop looking at the genocide that resulted from British occupation. As we approach 100 years since the end of British occupation I am glad to say that Irish nationalism is no longer defined by suffering but by our qualities and traits, both positive and negative as our current economic crisis illustrates. It is the actions of a people today that define it. Unfortunately, if those actions are a reaction to the extraordinary suffering suffered by the Jewish people during the holocaust, then those actions and attitudes forged shall be born of fear and stoke the fires of hatred. The Jewish people have many admirable traits which have furthered the development of mankind. Sometimes however we must look inwards at those traits which now hinder us.

    from the article: How school trips to Hebron resemble visits to Auschwitz
    First published 03:11 17.02.11 | Last updated 03:11 17.02.11
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