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Jun 8, 2018

Meet the group that defends Israel by condemning it

An organisation of Israeli Defence Force veterans is attempting to bring to light the reality of life in occupied Palestine. But they are far from anti-Zionists.

Irfan Yusuf — Lawyer, author and commentator

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator

Israeli Defence Force soldiers

The number of protesters on the Gaza-Israel border killed by Israeli soldiers rises each day, recently claiming an infant and a young paramedic. Listening to certain spokespeople in Australia, one is left with the impression that it’s all the fault of others -- Hamas, the protesters themselves, the ABC or even The Australian.

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  1. Dog's Breakfast

    Beautiful. I’m glad there are such people in this world!

  2. Vasco

    Gut wrenching description of the evils of sectarianism and the desperate need for human decency and reason to break through the terrible impasse between Israel and Palestine.

    1. Marilyn

      You know there is no actual impasse and there never has been.. In 1947 the UN General Assembly disendorsed the Palestinians by illegally granting 56% of their nation to a group of newly arrived Jews who had nothing to do with the place and were not refugees in Europe, in spite of claims that the Israeli’s make.

      The only impasse per se is that diaspora Jews think they have the right to the country when they don’t, and don’t give me the spiritual homeland crap because Judaism was not invented anywhere near Palestine, and Hertzl wanted this ”homeland” in either Argentina, Uganda or the northern part of WA.

  3. albacore

    Who cares if Israel survives? Who cares if any nation state survives? Put people first. Nations states are an abomination, only created for the purposes of war. They intentionally create a delusional sense of belonging and laud this stupid abstraction above all else. Patriotism is always phony and always destructive. No ifs or buts.

  4. kyle Hargraves

    A classic case of “the more things change the more …”. The story is reminiscent of the statements that Begin (the last Samaritan?) would make. Zealots tend not to be able to see the forest for the trees – which extends to any material changes in their immediate vicinity. Over the last 30 odd years the policies of Shamir, Sharon and Netanyahu have defined the region. Yitzhak Rabin realised that the policies to date were not long term with history confirming the hypothesis.

    The propaganda that has been disseminated by Israel is wearing off, particularly in Europe and, to a lesser extent the UK, and quite a
    few in Israel have been aware of this phenomenon for some time. The reality of Zionism and hence Israel is “Slip Slidin’ Away” as Paul Simon put it – 40 years ago.

    > Indeed, patriotism need not be the final refuge of the scoundrel.
    Quite; but it invariably is. ​Bjelke-Petersen (KCMG) was no more representative of QLD than is Netanyahu of Israel. Its just a question of who
    possesses the megaphone.

  5. AR

    Israel was created by Europeans as recompense and exculpation for centuries of pogroms, culminating in the biggie, circa 1939-45.
    Palestinians were not a consideration.
    Then, now or in the future, if any.

    1. kyle Hargraves

      A tad more detail. The Arabs (Faisal (bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashemi), as was Lawrence) were shafted by the The Sykes–Picot Agreement; a typical (behind-ones-back) enterprise when the Arabs had promised support against the Ottoman Empire; ‘The Arab Revolt’ – if anyone is interested. Meanwhile the Zionist were scanning the map of the world for a Jewish (secular) state – and had not given Palestine a thought.

      Then there was the nastiness of WW2 and the collective guilt of the MS St. Louis (a German-registered ship with 900 Jewish refugees) that, in 1939 was refused entry by a number of “liberal minded” white quasi Anglo governments.

      The Brits, having the mandate for Palestine, were “encouraged” to turn a blind eye to the Jewish immigrants that wafted into the place and the UN thought that was just fine – giving its assent in May 1948.

      The contemporary circumstances (borders and harrassment of the Palestianians etc.) are nothing like the origional ratification of the state by the UN 70 years ago. Without WW2 the event woud not have occured – certainly NOT with the advice of Leauge.

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