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‘The Moral High Ground’: Leading Israelis Rally to Support Palestinian Statehood

Any human being can see that this is wrong.

Three hundred leading Israeli citizens, mostly progressive cultural leaders and academics, rallied in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to express their support for Palestinian statehood and to urge Israel to establish such a state. Agence France-Presse reports that the 300 included 17 winners of the Israel Prize, awarded each year for contributions to the Jewish state and considered the nation’s most prestigious honor.

The 300 signed a petition calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders that existed before Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War.

“We are here to welcome the expected announcement of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel according to the borders of our independence fixed during the 1949 armistice,” the petition stated, referring to the increasing likelihood that the United Nations will recognize Palestinian sovereignty. “The complete end of the occupation is an essential condition of the liberation of the two peoples.”

Among the signatories were: Menachem Yaari, former president of Israel’s Academy of Sciences, painter and sculptor Danny Karavan and Meretz Party founder Shulamit Aloni.

Several dozen furious right-wing protesters turned up at the rally site, shouting “traitors!” at their fellow countrymen. They had to be kept away from the pro-Palestinian group by what AFP called a “heavy police presence.”

It belongs to them… let's give it back.

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9 Comments

  1. Betty FokkerApril 22, 2011 at 5:37 pmReply

    Does the hard right really think that the Palestinian occupation is doing anything constructive? Or are they just asshats.

  2. JonApril 23, 2011 at 8:06 amReply

    The maps you show are ridiculous. So palestinians owned the negev south before 48? Why exactly? Ohh i forgot, the middle east is muslim land in its entirety, which, ofcourse, was conquered by muslims by peaceful means.
    Why is the left willing to accept the numerous christian and muslim states but a state the size of rhode island for jews has them going bonkers. It’s unbelievable considering the oppression jews faced in christian and muslim countries, and the blatant and open anti-semitism in most muslim countries today.

    • SalmaneApril 24, 2011 at 12:22 amReply

      Jon,
      I can understand your argument perfectly. No one should oppose or be surprised by some white europeans going to a land far away from their home, abusing and killing the natives to create their own “country”…in case my argument is not clear enough here are some examples ( US , Canada, Australia, South Africa, India….Israel….etc etc)
      If Israel was about giving local jews the same rights and privileges than the local christians and muslims then I would say it is 100% legitimate.
      The palestinians are not the ones who prosecuted jews in WWII , I wonder why they have to endure revenge for what hitler did. Maybe Israel ought to attack Germany instead….
      what happened in WWII was extremely wrong, no one should be prosecuted, abused or kicked out of their homes, their German , Polish and Russian homes….and if it were up to me, Germany should have pay restitution and reinstate to them the right to come back home in dignity…..wait….correct me if i am wrong Germany already did that……I am a bit confused i must say…please help me make sense of this…. Why do european Jews wanna kick middle easterners ( christians and muslim ) out of their homes?

    • Georges KanoutéApril 25, 2011 at 4:01 pmReply

      I agree that the maps are a little ridiculous:
      – in the first map, all that “palestinian land” wasn’t actually palestinian, it was a British colony. the second one correctly shows, however, the land that the Brits, backed by the UN, were going to give to palestinians to govern themselves, but that was a proposed entity that never came into existance;
      – in the third map, the green stuff was actually occupied by Jordan and Egypt.

      However, in my book, that only makes things worse: palestinians never had any land (at least not since the first arab conquest of the region) to themselves so to speak of. the first semblance of a state they got was that ridiculous archipelago, where the PLO and Hamas (in Gaza only) get to pretend to have a state under constant threat from the Israeli army.

      But to respond to the remainder of your comment, Jon, no one is refusing to give jews a state the size of Rhode Island. What people are objecting to is the ethnic cleansing that was necessary to obtain that land. Just because ethnic clensing was done in the past by someone somewhere doesn’t mean it’s ok to do it again. Even so, it was not the arabs who kicked jews out of their land 1200 years ago. Arabs conquered that land from the Byzantyne empire, then lost it to the Ottoman empire, and then to the British. But in neither of these conquests were jews ethnically cleansed. the last ethnic cleansing carried out prior to 1948 was the expulsion of the jews at the beginning of the second century at the hands of the Romans. I don’t see why arab-speaking inhabitants of that land have to suffer retribution for a crime they did not commit.

      The point is, regardless of the specific history of that piece of land, spending 19 centuries as an oppressed minority and as people-without-a-state (the latter really only becomes an issue after the birth of nationalism in the 18th century) in no was justifies oppressing someone else now. Otherwise, it would be ok for people who were bullied in high school to go shooting people at random in shopping malls.

  3. John SmithApril 24, 2011 at 6:08 pmReply

    The Palestinians are nomad nothings. They have technically never owned any land and they never will. Also, they have begun poking the bear with the stick again. These people are so stupid they will sacrafice there own wives and children. Israel will slap them silly again very soon. The Palestinian nation is a fraud and a sham. Push them into the sea.

  4. Brett WilkinsApril 24, 2011 at 6:50 pmReplyAuthor

    So, Mr. Smith, you advocate the genocidal ethnic cleansing of an entire people? Always nice to see the humanity of conservatives expressed in such exquisite language.

  5. John SmithApril 24, 2011 at 8:44 pmReply

    Please see my other posts in the shameful thread you put up about that alleged Israeli slaughter. I posted enough info about the sham of the palestinians in that thread. They are a filthy bunch of beggars trying to steal land. Whatever problems they face they deserve.

    • Georges KanoutéApril 25, 2011 at 3:42 pmReply

      i think what you are saying is very similar to what Nazis said of jews. filthy thieves and whatnot.
      Don’t bother arguing with him Brett, it’s clear that the right considers genocide and ethnic clensing ok. like all other crimes, it’s only a crime if it’s done to the “bad guys”.

  6. SalmaneApril 27, 2011 at 11:13 amReply

    Hi John,
    I gather you are a white male, in the mid 30’s to early 40’s. You are probably Christian. You have probably never been outside of the United States but if you have it would have been with the armed forces. Your idea of culture is ordering a Quesadilla at Chilli’s with couple of Coronas. While flipping through 500 plus stations looking for a sports channel , you stop a second or two to glance at the hot chicks in Hispanic soap operas on Univision and think to yourself :”I don’t mind them illegal immigrants” . Your addiction to sport events is a sort of self medication for the pain you feel inside. The pain of having given up on yourself in favor of drinking more beer while stuffing your face with donuts. You trick your mind into thinking you’re still an athlete and that if you just had a solid month of training you would be able to see your dick again …..

    Ok I think I pissed you off plenty by now….. What I wrote is probably all untrue, but i hope you got my point about stereotypes, about judging people based on what YOU DON’T KNOW ….

    before you go and preach genocide ( yes, I know it is hard to believe but it is called genocide even if non jews are killed)…realize that you could have just as easily been born a jew during WWII or a palestinian today….. or or…..
    realize that you had NOTHING to do with being born in an environment in which life is decent….I say it again, YOU HAD NOTHING to do with it…. if you wanna be proud of something be proud of having compassion….for all people……someday you would wish others had some for you…

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