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Monday, March 26, 2012

Palestine’s right to exist By Richard Sudan

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"‘Israel’s right to exist’ and ‘defend herself’ as platitudes without substance, exploit genuine emotion, evoking memories of the crimes inflicted upon Jewish people during WW2.

They typify the kind of propaganda which ensures that interpretation and analysis of today’s conflict is blurred. They irresponsibly evoke one memory to justify an equally horrifying crime.

To be clear, any innocent loss of life is wrong and tragic and we must remember that many Israelis have become innocent victims in this narrative too.

But we need to look at this conflict for what it is and through a human lens first and foremost.

800,000 Palestinians were forced from their land to make way for the establishment of the Jewish state, and their land continues to be occupied. They as a people fight for justice and recognition. But Palestinians continue to die at the hands of colonial rule.

To deny Palestinians justice, is to deny the humanity and memory of victims of oppression and injustice everywhere, including those who died during the holocaust. There is nothing more cynical than evoking that tragedy to justify the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians." Richard Sudan

Palestine’s right to exist

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