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    • arieh zimmerman
    • 16.05.10 | 13:56 (IDT)

    There are boycotts and there are boycotts. Boycotting the corner butcher because he is known to have a heavy thumb is one thing;. boycotting his neighborhood to teach him a lesson is another. Can collective punishment ever be excused? Unless collective guilt is proven, what justification can there be for collective punishment?. The military, economic and social siege of Gaza does not differentiate between the innocent and the guilty. There are not one million and a half terrorists in Gaza; there are, minus the terrorists, close to a million and a half innocent civilians who should be living a much better life than we allow them. What is likely to be the final result of the IDF blockade of Gaza? In the long run is there anyone at all, even in our present government, who thinks the blockade can be continued on indefinitely, year after year? If so, he can be ignored as a fool. The Israeli PM and his cabinet know full well that when the finally the blockade, collective punishment and boycott are a thing of the past, Israel will still have to deal with the Palestinians, all of whom will have become more bitter, more enraged, more ready to commit suicide if only to punish those whom they think punished them. You hold a loaded revolver in your hand. you point it at your foot, you pull the trigger. What a surprise, you have shot yourself in the foot. Some one should have taught you something about cause and effect.

    from the article: Boycotting the boycotters
    First published 01:18 16.05.10 | Last updated 01:18 16.05.10
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