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Not So Cool

doga: It’s a shame that the world doesn’t unite to criticize the racist government in Israel.

eatbees: I was annoyed at the Europeans who walked out of Ahmadinejad’s speech, but at the same time, he was deliberately trying to provoke.

doga: Yes.

eatbees: Of course Israel is a racist state. Especially its actions in the occupied territories, but also its laws that discriminate against non-Jewish citizens are racist. And you’re right, that’s not something we usually say out loud.

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A couple of hours after having this conversation, I was exploring the blog Cultural Anarchylist by British Muslim convert Yakoub Islam, when I came across this video which illustrates Israel’s assorted crimes against humanity. So I guess there are people willing to say it out loud.


Comment from Jalal
Time: April 27, 2009, 15:06

There are a lot of Israeli activists whom are fighting against racism from within, and they have a better shot communicating and achieving equality goals than an outsider like Ahmadinejad, and those are the ones we should be talking about, promoting and supporting.

Comment from eatbees
Time: April 27, 2009, 15:38

Jalal, I agree completely. In fact I met some of these Israeli activists a few years back, at a conference in Barcelona. Some were Israeli Arabs working on questions of equal rights, while others were Israeli Jews opposed to the “apartheid wall” and their country’s military actions. They were there to meet nonviolent Palestinian activists who share the same goals, such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). I didn’t have a blog then so I never wrote about this conference, but I need to do it!

Please don’t take anything I said as support for Ahmadinejad’s latest provocations. I felt the European walkout was an immature and empty gesture (in retrospect, Obama handled it better by not sending anyone) but it was political opportunism designed to portray himself back home (where elections are coming up) as the one who talks back to Western “imperialists.” In other words, it didn’t help the Palestinians, and only gave Israel’s more extreme defenders an excuse to point their fingers once again. Ahmedinejad is a bit more reasonable than he is always portrayed in the Western media, but I hope the Iranians elect some other guy, so talks can continue without all this distraction.

Thanks for your comments, and the link.

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