Yael Sternhell's analogy is not apt. Martin Luther King, Jr., unlike most leaders of Hamas and Fatah, resolutely opposed violence. King never praised suicide bombers, and he certainly never was involved in orchestrating terrorist attacks. King also never called for the whites of America to be driven into the sea. There is a huge difference between white supporters of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jewish supporters of Hamas.
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