Stop making all these silly analogies: The Palestinians are not the Blacks of the US. The conflict with them is not a class struggle but ideological - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '13'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '29'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Real Left
    • 07.07.11 | 09:50 (IDT)

    The Palestinians are not the Blacks of South Africa or the American South. Nor are they the poor of the third world as those don't drive BMW and shop at malls. Hence, the conflict with the Palestinians has nothing to do with the struggle for the rights of the exploited classes all over the world and hence should not be part of the debate about the military occupation by Israel of the west bank and the blockade on Gaza. Here we have a purely ideological (political) conflict between two peoples, Jews and Arabs, (a conflict which parallels the larger conflict that exists today between the Muslim world and the west), with the state of Israel serving as a symbol and main focus of that conflict. This is not to say there are no exploitations of the weak and poor in this story, but the weak and poor are not necessarily Palestinians, and the rich and powerful are not necessarily Jews. Indeed, this confuses the simplistic and dogmatic left.

    from the article: Empathy toward the Palestinian side invokes hatred and distrust
    First published 03:16 07.07.11 | Last updated 03:16 07.07.11
Haaretz Headlines
Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu says ready to go to Ramallah to meet Abbas

Israel's PM meets with four leaders of 'Women Wage Peace' group, who recently held 50-day hunger strike in front of his Jerusalem residence.

An illustrative image of a classroom in Jerusalem.

Education in Israel is based on separation

Between Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, center and periphery, and between outstanding students and slow learners.

Gefilte fish

Food fights: Jewish cuisine makes U.S. headlines

Hillary emails about gefilte fish, Obama walks miles for a bagel and Netanyahu gets slammed for snails.

Bread soup (ribollita) with chard pesto

Green leaves of summer: 2 recipes with Swiss chard

These Italian-inspired dishes take advantage of this nutrient-packed leaf, so popular among Israelis.