Some delegitimizer got into my kitchen and messed with my dad’s soda stream. Delegitimizers become active in warm weather. Be sure to check for cracks in the walls and floors, and put away all food to prevent infestations of delegitimizers.
To the editors:
Faisal Chaudhry writes of the American and Israeli desire to “reconstruct the ideological framework” of the Middle East situation, while creatively framing the same article with a conversion into a “white” vs. “brown” struggle (Op-Ed, “An Ideology of Oppression,” April 11). At one point, Chaudhry even compares the situation to apartheid. This is a distortion of the fact that most Israelis and Palestinians are indistinguishable physically.
The Israeli government itself is comprised of a great number Sephardic Jews, many of whom originate from Arab countries. The chief of staff of the army, the minister of defense (who is the new leader of the labor party), the minister of finance and the president of Israel are all “brown.” One might have an idea of the physical likeness between Arabs and Israelis by examining this week’s Newsweek cover on which an 18-year-old female Palestinian suicide bomber and her 17-year-old female Israeli victim could pass for twins.
Israelis and Arabs are historically cousins. Until we accept the fact that we are constituents of the same family, we will blunder in believing that a loss for one “side”—or, as Chaudhry names it, a “color”—is not a loss for all human kind.
Outrageous and untrue finger-pointing is a childish tactic that disregards the responsibility of all parties involved, including Europe, the Arab nations and the United States, along with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
We must be ashamed of every act of violence and mourn every child as if they were our own. I pray for the safety of all those in the region and hope that we may someday use our unique human assets of language and empathy rather than military technology or propaganda to resolve this conflict.
Natalie Portman ’03
April 12, 2002
everal Israeli authors and scholars have issued a plea to Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi, asking him to put an end to his months-long hunger strike.
The public appeal came in response to a message written by Issawi and posted on Facebook, in which he asked Israelis to intervene on his behalf. The security prisoner has refused solid food for eight months and is now in Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot because of his deteriorating medical condition.
The group, which includes literary luminaries A. B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz and Yehoshua Kenaz, offered their sympathy but suggested his death would hamper efforts to settle the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We have read about your hunger strike with agony,” the message said. “We are horrified by your deteriorating condition. We feel that the suicidal act you are about to commit will add another facet of tragedy and desperation to the conflict between the two peoples – a conflict that peace-seekers on both sides wish to end.
“Please, Samer Issawi, don’t pile more despair on the despair already in existence. Give yourself hope, thus strengthening the hope within all of us,” it said.
The authors noted that there are “new encouraging signs that the negotiations between the sides will resume,” adding that these measures may secure Issawi’s release alongside other Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
“We urge you to stop your hunger strike and choose life, because we are committed to tirelessly striving toward peace between the two peoples, who will live side by side forever in this country,” the authors concluded.
Writer Eli Amir, who has signed the letter, told Haaretz the message is not meant to be “patronizing.”
So when his friends come over I hear them say things like this:
“Even though sodastream is made in a settlement, I heard an interview with the guy who founded it and he really believes in the two-state solution! He employs Palestinians in his factory and pays them really well! He sounds like such a nice guy.”
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And here is the article that goes with it
“Although I’ve had my share of fond bromantic escapades, it doesn’t take a fratstar to know a bonafide bromance when he sees one. We’re all familiar with the telltale signs: the effusion of endearing personal titles (e.g. “bro,” “dude,” “man”), constant reaffirmations of commitment (e.g. “I love you, dude”) and the consistent flow of innocent favors (e.g. wingmanning, bench-spotting, shampoo-sharing).
That is why, petty personal politics between Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama aside, the relationship between the United States and Israel appears nothing short of bromantic — and appropriately so.”
“But what about Israel’s future as a democratic Jewish homeland? Unless the United States acts soon, it will neglect to meet its bromantic obligations.”
” Two-state diplomacy cannot be overshadowed by other issues. We must seize this opportunity before the clock strikes midnight. This is no time to break the bro code.”
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I was a liberal Zionist for most of your life :(
I’m so glad that you hate Jews too!
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