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Reader comment on item: Mirror Image: How the PLO Mimics Zionism

Submitted by MARTIN KESSLER (United States), Apr 15, 2008 at 17:06

As much as I enjoyed reading of the many points of similarities between the historical and present experiences of Israel and the Palestinians, let us be careful about this apparent parallelism. One should not take this exercise of the several examples of similitude too seriously. A horse is not a donkey, no matter how many points of similarities may appear to a casual observer.

With all respect, may I observe the critical point in my view is that no matter how much of duplication of style and terminology one can enumerate to compare and contrast to appear between Israeli Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism, there is no mutual kinship between the two. Israel does not have in its Charter the total and complete annihilation of the Palestinians as only the Palestinians Hamas has had the courage to express without equivocation in their Charter in which Hamas wants the state of Israel eliminated, finished, and all Jews preferably dead. This is the one difference, even if it were just only that one, that difference alone makes any number of similarities essentially incongruent and the comparisons more amusing than real, for these people are killing each other.

Martin Kessler


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