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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 10.11.13 | 23:41 (IST)

    Israel's prosperity is a mater of opinion---it depends on the criteria used in making such an assessment. In the 18th and 19th century. Americans could count themselves prosperous----the North engaged big time in the slave trade, and the South prospered off the labor of slaves for centuries---the Civil War grew out of the tensions bred by the accumulated injustices against a way of life (economic and social) that dehumanized both the slave and the slave holder. Please explain how American Jews, who for the most part participated for generations against injustice on U.S. soil can support injustice in Palestine perpetrated by the Israeli government. One of the subtle but powerful consequences of Zionism as practiced in Israel is the alienation of American Jews vis a vis Israeli policies toward the Palestinian people. Aside from Zionist ideology, in the real world, all of Palestine does not belong to any one ethnic or religious group, it never did. Israel's prosperity is in part due the land and resources stolen from the Palestinian peoples, and in part due to its alliance with the American empire, and in part to the technology, and war materials provided so liberally by Washington and other European capitals. To say that all Jews have a common fate is a piece of Zionist propaganda. One cannot say that in terms of the values expressed via Israel's actions against the indigenous Palestinians that Jews in America and Israel have the same values or the same FAITH!

    from the article: Israel and U.S. Jews: Different challenges, one fate
    First published 22:13 10.11.13 | Last updated 22:13 10.11.13
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