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    • grey
    • 05.01.10 | 08:56 (IST)

    I was in israel and palestine just after the fall of apartheid and the similarities were shocking... in fact the only thing that saved us south africans from continuing our 'cold' civil war (you know bombs on buses, trains, post offices, bars, random shootings and disappearances, security cordon deployments, state banned individuals, detention without trial, brainwashing on both sides) was a policy of truth and reconciliation. Whilst the right will be willfully ignorant to the effects of their policies, the bombs will escalate, no matter how many walls you build. As mandela once said 'zulus and afrikaaners take your guns and throw them into the sea'. That quote could be quite easily adapted to 'israelis and palestinians, take your guns and throw them into the sea'. As long as there is a myopic focus on 'security' to perpetuate what is, in fact, an economic crime designed to provide cheap labour for israel, this problem will remain intractable.

    from the article: Are Israel and apartheid South Africa really different?
    First published 01:09 04.01.10 | Last updated 13:47 04.01.10
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