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    • Dino
    • 06.04.11 | 13:13 (IDT)

    must also be acting in self-defense when they board civilian ships and are confronted by knives and cudgels. Mr. Benn, most of us don't wish to see Israel as an evil and criminal country. Those are your words, bear in mind. In fact, many of us always try to see the other side of the story, your side of the story. But when we try, and if we don't agree with what we see, right wing Israelis brand us as anti-semitic(term that has become devoid of any meaning because of such practices) delegitimizers of Israel. Believe me when I say, it is not easy out here to say that you are fascinated by Israel's accomplishments(and you have many of those), and would like to emulate some of them in your country. You face scorn because of that attitude. And do you know why? Because the first thing that comes to mind of any person not particularly knowledgable of Israel is the occupation, settlments, land theft, ethnic cleansing, assassinations, wars, torture of Palestinians, promises unfulfilled, Mavi Marmara... This is how ordinary people view Israel. Yet when someone points out that it would be best if Israel changed this picture of herself, and that picture can't be changed by a PR campaign and clumsy attempts at cover up, that someone is brande an enemy of Israel. We are not sheep to be led where Israel wishes us to go. We see what is going on, and it is not pretty. One doesn't need to be a Zionist to love Israel, nor is a person sending good natured critiques towards your country an ardent supporter of Israel's destruction, Mr. Benn

    from the article: Let the aid flotillas sail to Gaza
    First published 02:52 06.04.11 | Last updated 02:52 06.04.11
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