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Arab Racism not acceptable: real causes of Israeli-Palestinian conflict more religious and political

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Submitted by Desert Sienna (Canada), Jan 2, 2008 at 11:07

Racism is not acceptable. One only needs to scan over the latest actions by Israel and the militants who go after them to understand that this vicious and tragic cycle of violence cannot go on. A peaceful resolution is needed. I don't excuse the past actions of Middle Eastern militants but most Muslims and Arabs are not racists and insurgents. Bush's policies have a lot to do with the situation in Palestine.

Any peace deal will have to accommodate the interests of both sides. Palestinians need realistic ideas about what can and can't be done. It is pointless to push the past in someone's face. If Israel has made mistakes, it has done so in self-defense. It is wrong to refuse their acceptance as a country with legitimacy. That wasn't my idea. The U.N. embraced Yasser Arafat and the P.L.O. as the 'sole voice of the Palestinian people' in their quest for self-determination. Arafat wanted to destroy Israel through the right of return of Palestinian refugees into Israel. Leftists do not understand the intention behind it. I suspect they support the destruction of Israel and do not see themselves as anti-Semitic racists. They make false accusations: apartheid, segregation, racism, etc.

It was the U.N. who passed the infamous 'Zionism is racism' bill. The U.N. is anti-Israeli and they were linked to the cause of the hostage-taking crisis over soldiers by allowing militants to do it. The U.N. has been called an 'instrument of terror'. As for the P.L.O., their web site reads 'the winning hand in the destruction of the Zionist entity (Israel) is the right of return for Palestinian refugees". So I will admit there is nobody to work with here and Abbas is not a likely candidate. The problems have always been militancy, the insistence on the right of return, Palestinian leadership and the refusal to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish-majority country.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
On Edward Said [306 words]Cotterall AdamsMay 9, 2007 16:5392265
mirror image [55 words]p murrayDec 19, 2005 12:4530188
RE: Against Divestment Campaigns at College Campuses [204 words]MikeAug 10, 2003 01:5610491
Majority opinion among Columbia & Harvard faculty is pro-Israel [141 words]Charlie HallApr 30, 2003 15:218803
Said is entitled to his opinion [98 words]Khaldoun KhelilApr 28, 2003 20:078748
A word of advice... [74 words]Hooman BakhtiarApr 28, 2003 10:018704
Orwellian Definition of Israel as a "racist" state [296 words]Leonard ApplebaumApr 27, 2003 05:288690
Good work Daniel [17 words]Mike LukesApr 23, 2003 00:018591
Anti-Arabism [184 words]AvrahamApr 22, 2003 23:158590
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [203 words]JohnnoApr 22, 2003 23:088588
So pleased to read this [63 words]Peter EdgarApr 22, 2003 06:248531
Racism, Israel and Muslims/Arabs [157 words]Dan KatcherApr 21, 2003 15:198510
The Arab racism of playing Israelis' fear of Arab terror as "racism" [372 words]FreeNov 27, 2006 14:228510
Only Racism Motivates anti Israel "racism" charges - Constant campaign by racist Arabs [607 words]AlMar 21, 2007 15:398510
On Arab racism [192 words]Cotterall Adams 2Apr 30, 2007 14:388510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist' [156 words]AlDec 18, 2007 18:368510
Go ahead! Compare real Arab racism with Israel [1179 words]AlDec 19, 2007 02:188510
On Palestine [151 words]brainlessbananaDec 20, 2007 01:488510
Arab Racists' excuses [99 words]AlJan 1, 2008 10:598510
Arab Racism not acceptable: real causes of Israeli-Palestinian conflict more religious and political [317 words]Desert SiennaJan 2, 2008 11:078510
In Arabists' rule - Apparently, If you attempt to defend yourself against racist Arabs you are 'the racist [140 words]NoniMay 26, 2009 06:428510
FAKE "RACISM" SLUR BY RACIST ARABS [85 words]LunaFeb 14, 2012 17:558510
Fair and Balanced [38 words]sdurangoMar 18, 2012 20:458510
Isn't it tragic? [48 words]stanislausMar 21, 2012 17:368510
Arab racism vs Israel racism [77 words]stanislausMar 29, 2012 03:278510
University Profs. [221 words]Glenn KlotzApr 21, 2003 07:568493
Said [179 words]Marcus KaplanApr 20, 2003 16:328481
The horrible destruction caused by Edward Said [201 words]David ThomsonApr 19, 2003 15:428469

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