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    • Jane
    • 30.11.10 | 00:02 (IST)

    China and the USA are economically powerful states. Israel is a small country with a big military - heavily subsidized by USA tax dollars and like it or not, the powerful can do what others cannot without facing the same consequences. No appeal that the various misdeeds of the powerful are just as bad can really save the less powerful from the consequences of their own misdeeds but you may continue this line of defence is you like. The fact that you do merely demonstrates that Israel really is behaving badly and needs to be contained. Israel is delegitimised because of its land grab via settlements and its continued mistreatment of Palestinians. As far as I am concerned, that fact the surrounding Arab states have human rights records, especially in relation to women, that should (and are) criticised cannot be used to justify the behaviour of Israel. Maybe its time to accept that you cannot dictate to others the issues that they will be concerned with and that attempts to delegitmate those criticising Israel as either self-hating Jews or anti-semitic is far from the mark and thus essentially ineffectual.

    from the article: For Israel, 'delegitimization' is becoming an excuse
    First published 03:35 29.11.10 | Last updated 03:35 29.11.10
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