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    • eric
    • 07.03.10 | 09:27 (IST)

    within a society of israel's nature. wherein, membership is relatively exclusive and acceptance by peers within it is a priveleged desire. within such a group, opinions that are contrary to those officially "expressed", whether dominant or not, tend to remain silent for fear of being ostracized and outcast. "membership" is not only a powerful motivator, but its a powerful restraint as well. and why must belief in justice, human rights, and equity always be labeled "leftist" and "left wing"; even by you gideon? why not humanist? or even believers in justice and human rights? because in any society, "the left" tends to denote a minority that is generally contrary to the political mainstream. and so it also stands to reason that in israel's exclusive society, labeling humanist values "leftist" effectively suppresses their expression by the majority who harbor them. gideon, you're a true "humanist", and i admire your courage for expressing your insightful and pragmatic views. however, i disagree with your use of "the left" as a catch-all term for those who believe in justice and human rights for the palestinians, because by doing so so, you may inadvertantly be helping to silence them. with my high regards.

    from the article: There has never been an Israeli peace camp
    First published 01:33 07.03.10 | Last updated 08:17 07.03.10
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