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Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jul 2, 2006

The Bush and prior US administrations blatant partiality towards Israel has contributed to the escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. Our government continues to ignore gross human rights violations by Israel while never losing an opportunity to criticize the democratically elected government of the Palestinians. There has always been a deafening silence in Washington following Israel’s unrelenting land theft, home demolitions, wholesale destructions of olive trees, targeted assassination (a war crime), arbitrary arrests, brutal torture of detainees and absence of due process. There has been a disproportionate number of Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling. Israel launched approximately 8,000 shells compared to about 400 launched militant Palestinians in the same period.

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Posted by David Cohen
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 3, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Hamas may have been chosen in a democratic fashion, but that should not be construed to mean that they are a democratic organization. Does Hamas respect democracy in principle? Does it respect non-Islamist democracies? Does Hamas respect human rights? If the Palestinians elect leadership that has vowed to destroy Israel, is Israel expected to negotiate with those calling for its destruction? The fact that Hamas made a last ditch effort to avoid retaliation and offered an ambiguous statement about Israel's right to exist does not impress me. When it didn't work, they instead called for attacks on Jewish children and Israeli schools.

As for Mr. Singh's apartheid comparisons, the assertion of that similarity suits the Palestinians, but the differences are so significant as to invalidate the comparison. Since 1948, there have been potentially two states in Israel/Palestine, but Arabs and Palestinians fought rather than accept the UN mandate, used terror for decades rather than negotiate, and waited far too long to make any credible steps towards a peaceful, two-state solution. Their leadership has been fractured and unbelievably corrupt, with millions upon millions of dollars disappearing into the private coffers of Arafat, et. al. The Arab countries that controlled the Palestinian territories prior to 1967 did next-to-nothing to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, because those countries didn't really care either, and because the Palestinians' suffering helped them demonize Israel. Meanwhile, Arabs in living within Israel's borders have political rights and parliamentary representation. It may be a tense relationship at times - I'm not saying Israeli Arabs are fully integrated and empowered - but it's no apartheid.

I'm not defending the scope or intensity of Israel's military response to the current situation, (nor am I condemning it). However, merely comparing the numbers or sizes of attacks doesn't make the smaller side right. The Palestinians do not achieve any moral standing in a conflict because they happen to be weaker militarily.

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Posted by Mac
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 4, 2006 at 8:41 am

Mr. Singh says "I ask my fellow Americans to consider how you would respond if someone forcibly expelled you from your homes into ghettoes, restricted your movements and then demanded that you grant them the ‘right to exist’ in your homes."

I ask my fellow Americans to ask how our country would respond if missles were launched into our country from, say, Mexico? How would we respond if Mexican people blew themselves up in our shopping malls and on our buses? Would we sit idly by and let it happen?

Hamas continues its terror tactics because they know Israel will respond. The people of Israel have a right to a government that will act to defend its people. If Israel refused to act, I believe the attacks would grow in scope and ferocity until they finally forced Israel to act.

How about this solution: stop the kidnappings, stop the terror attacks and suicide bombings, and Israel won't be forced to react!

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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 5, 2006 at 9:15 am

Jagjit, Jagjit, Jagjit. [portion removed by Palo Alto Online]
You completely ignore the shelling of Israel by Hamas and the attacks on Israel by Palestinian homicide bombers. Your writings are completely one-sided--Israel is evil, the Palestinians are poor innocents. Hardly what the facts really say.
This conflict could have ended years ago if the Palestinians had recognized Israel and it's right to exist and if the palestinians had renounced terrorism. instead [removed portion]the late, unlamented Yasser Arafat, chose the path of terrorism and the newly elected Hamas government continues on that same path.
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Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 12, 2006 at 8:56 am

For any of you who are reading this thread you will notice that my posting above was censored by the editors of the PA Weekly. They claim that I have violated the terms of use (in other words, I violated the genteel Palo Alto rule of daring to voice an opinion about someone that certain people do not want to hear--sounds like what goes on in the Palo Alto City Council meetings).
When I pointed out that the original posting also violated the terms of use (i.e. it contains libelous and offensive material), the editors did nothing.
Makes me wonder what their true feelings are about Israel and Palestinian terrorism.

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Posted by GET OVER IT
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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