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    • christoph
    • 27.11.11 | 17:27 (IST)

    Maybe it's a good opportunity to comment on the NGO topic what I haven't done yet. When Netanyahu fears that foreigners are searching to mingle with internal Israeli affairs, I would say it like this: On one hand, there probably are those who easily criticise Israel while they're either holding comfortable positions in their respective countries or striving for their careers and reputations at Israel's expense. Consciously or unconsciously they may also be riding on those wide-spread anti-Jewish prejudices. It might also be a numerical question: Israel is a small country with smaller economic and mediatic strength in comparison with the US and the bigger European countries. We must keep that in mind, especially when we accuse Israel of abusing its power. But on the other hand, what's going on in the territories certainly is no internal Israeli affair, just like the Mavi Marmara raid was no internal Israeli affair as it happened in international waters. Human rights issues are hardly ever an internal affair: Israel, too, voted for condemnation of Syria during these days at the UN. It is a complicated thing, but to some extent we have to live with such criticism, like in Germany we have to listen to and from my point of view also accept UN criticism of our school system. Finally it's also a question of the ways: Spreading rumours about others inside of one's own circles seems more dangerous to me than honestly expressing one's perceptions to those whom they concern. Humans cannot be blamed for their national or religious adherence which we happened to get as kids, but these traditional adherences are no performance either and I personnally think that for this reason they are hardly things we can be proud of. Let's remain open-minded: Alienation from each others reinforces prejudices rather than dismounting them.

    from the article: Israel's journalists have lost their readers
    First published 02:58 27.11.11 | Last updated 02:58 27.11.11
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