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Coyote
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posted 03 October 2007 06:41 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Where is the Occupation?

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The de facto separation is today more similar to political apartheid than an occupation regime because of its constancy. One side - determined by national, not geographic association - includes people who have the right to choose and the freedom to move, and a growing economy. On the other side are people closed behind the walls surrounding their community, who have no right to vote, lack freedom of movement, and have no chance to plan their future. The economic gap is only getting wider and the Palestinians are wistfully watching as Israel imports laborers from China and Romania. Fear of terrorist attacks has transformed the Palestinian laborer into an undesirable.

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In the absence of an agreed border, there is only a security border that Israel has unilaterally established. The frustrated and frightened soldiers checking every Palestinian have now been replaced by contractors hired by the Defense Ministry.

Their job is to check people holding permits; in other words, people the civil administration, under the Shin Bet's guidance, has allowed to enter Israel. The checks are being carried out by sophisticated means, almost without human contact, in reinforced, blast-proof structures. The new method has removed a burden from IDF soldiers but has created a distancing. The contact between the soldiers and the Palestinians at the crossings, precisely because it is so traumatic, has driven the Israelis and Palestinians to seek a political solution. The stories the soldiers brought home fueled public debate. Now the soldiers are stationed only at roadblocks in the West Bank, and there is less friction. So the discourse is also minimized


An important and timely intervention by the Haaretz Editorial Board.


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B.L. Zeebub LLD
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posted 04 October 2007 03:35 AM      Profile for B.L. Zeebub LLD     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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In the absence of an agreed border, there is only a security border that Israel has unilaterally established. The frustrated and frightened soldiers checking every Palestinian have now been replaced by contractors hired by the Defense Ministry.

Their job is to check people holding permits; in other words, people the civil administration, under the Shin Bet's guidance, has allowed to enter Israel. The checks are being carried out by sophisticated means, almost without human contact, in reinforced, blast-proof structures. The new method has removed a burden from IDF soldiers but has created a distancing. The contact between the soldiers and the Palestinians at the crossings, precisely because it is so traumatic, has driven the Israelis and Palestinians to seek a political solution. The stories the soldiers brought home fueled public debate. Now the soldiers are stationed only at roadblocks in the West Bank, and there is less friction. So the discourse is also minimized.


Banality and dehumanisation. That 'trauma' that Israelis are so eager to be free of is the agony that results when one does something that one's good conscience knows to be wrong.

It really says something about the complete lack of humanity granted to the Palestinians by Israeli society that they no longer "occupy" them, but simply administer them. The direct application of the military - an institution revered and designed for the most important tasks - at least afforded the Palestinians the status of something real, manifest and important. Administering them with workaday bureaucrats in some way shows the decline of their position.


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posted 06 October 2007 09:03 AM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Absolutely. It fits right in with the Palestinian children in Hebron and around Ariel that now live primarily off the waste of the Israeli settlements. In order to survive, they have become appendanges of the Occupation.

And it is interesting that this kind of criticism can be found in the mainstream Israeli press, but not in our own.

A simple question: Why can not this editorial appear in the Editorial section of the Globe and Mail?


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