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    • Ariel
    • 02.08.10 | 16:28 (IDT)

    Mr. Burton's point that he "cannot accept is the idea that formally Muslim states are acceptable, where a Jewish state is not" is not on point. The issue is not whether a state based exclusively on a particular ethnicity or religion is acceptable. The issue is whether a state only recently created by using ethnic cleansing to dispossess the indigenous inhabitants is acceptable. If his logic is correct, then any ethnic group without a state can do to the inhabitants of lands it covets what the Zionists did to the Palestinians in 1948. The Kurds would be especially interested in this argument. Does Mr. Burston support the Kurds ethnically cleansing Kurdistan (wherever that is) of non-Kurds? Does Mr. Burston advocate the Cherokee ethnically cleansing the Carolinas to recreate their historical homeland? The issue of whether a Muslim state is acceptable while a Jewish state is not acceptable is a red herring. The issue is whether ethnic cleansing, through mass terror, is acceptable, regardless of the identity of the victims and perpetrators. If you want honesty, you have to be honest about Israel's history as much as you are honest about the history of other groups. You may try to justify it, but first you must recognize it.

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / Rethinking Israel boycotts, the ADL and a N.Y. mosque
    First published 15:11 02.08.10 | Last updated 15:11 02.08.10
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