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    • micha
    • 17.02.11 | 16:48 (IST)

    Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain") went to Palestine. This was his impression of pre-Zionism Palestine: A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country. Silent... mournful... desolate... almost deserted. I find it interesting in general that commentators here think that a gov't spending money to promote patriotism is "brainwashing" and in general a bad thing. Much like pledging allegiance to the flag in the US???

    from the article: How school trips to Hebron resemble visits to Auschwitz
    First published 03:11 17.02.11 | Last updated 03:11 17.02.11
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