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    • American in Paris
    • 07.06.07 | 13:42 (IDT)

    Joseph of England admonishes me to stop attributing "modern justifications for an ancient hatred". To Joseph and the millions of other who share his perspective, the problem is NOT that people ignore the history of anti-Semitism but that we resent seeing Jews use old wounds to justify racist actions toward the indigenous people of Palestine. European Jews conquered the bulk of Palestine in 1947-48 and then occupied the lands conquered in 1967. If you had stopped there and, let's say, used the lands as a bargaining chip as your leaders pretended at the time, we might be looking at a different situation today. Instead, Israel decided to settle these lands with foreign Jews (many of whom yet unborn in 1967!) over the next 40 years. To protect these settlements, you have ringed the territories with special Jews-only roads and imposed a draconian, repressive regime on the Palestinians to stifle their resistance. Then you are surprized when their Arab brothers and sisters do not like you!

    from the article: Human Rights First: Hate crimes, anti-Semitism on rise in Europe
    First published 00:00 07.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 07.06.07
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