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    • John
    • 29.01.13 | 14:25 (IST)

    I agree that the cartoon is poor however you make such enormous leaps in logic that I cannot tell if you are being serious. The wall is undoubtedly a bad thing, because it has made unilateral demands on the ground that reduce the prospects of peace. It has also greatly hardened the hearts of the Palestinians, and reduces Israel standing severely in the eyes of the international community. It effectively amounts to a large prison cell to accompany the smaller one to Israel's south-west. It makes the Israeli occupation looks as bad as it is: a colonising force systematically clearing out the 'lesser' people from their land by means of a vastly superior military force. It is not the action of a side committed to peace or righting the very serious wrongs it has inflicted on millions of individuals. The small reduction in civilian deaths on one side is not worth the price of the freedom of millions of people, nor the harassment to ordinary people living in their homes who are prevented from reaching their lifeblood, their ancestral groves and fields. Nor is it worth the resultant radicalisation of Palestinian youth that occurs from decades of ever increasing oppression. What do you think these people will do when Israel unilaterally annexes all the settlements? Disappear? Are you hoping they will all slowly be squeezed into Jordan? Your argument's main flaw, however, is that this cartoon is solely antisemitic libel. If you are familiar with newspapers and the satirical cartoons that often accompany them, you would realise that Western political figures are often mocked in such an unfair fashion. The difference is just that Bibi is in charge of a country that has enslaved another and has killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians in the past 5 years in the interests of protecting every single Jewish life. Whilst that is very noble, it has also become an excuse to machine gun down children approaching a fence or throwing stones at armoured vehicles. It is also quite a leap to compare the Tutsi-Hutu situation to anitsemitism in the UK, and one for which you should be ashamed of making, as those who compare the holocaust to trivial events should be.

    from the article: Four reasons why U.K. cartoon of Netanyahu isn't anti-Semitic in any way
    First published 15:48 28.01.13 | Last updated 15:48 28.01.13
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