As unpleasant as it may be for israelis and israel's supporters who wish that it would disappear as a story, the occupation is the one issue that defines israel. Attempts to portray israel as a civilised, cultured, sophisticated and advanced society will always be in vain as long as israel's occupation continues and israel treats the Palestinians as less than human. If it wanted, it could end the occupation tomorrow and concentrate on getting its own house in order. It chooses not to. Gideon Levy is to be commended for continuing to portray the evils of israel's subjugation and dispossession of the Palestinians. How much easier it would be for him to give up his 'agenda'. It's a great pity that there are not many more writers with his courage.
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