Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

I'd like to wish everyone a happy new year and thank you all for reading the blog. 

See you all in 2013.

- roGER


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Myth of 'It's Complicated'

One of the most annoying and persistent myths of the Israel Palestinian conflict is how complicated it allegedly is, and how us mere mortals, perhaps with the added handicap of being Goy, simply can't grasp the subtleties.

It's complete bullshit of course, and the myth of complication is nicely dismantled in this excellent piece written by Lawrence of Cyberia:

Despite the endless propaganda we are subjected to, about Palestinians (and Arabs and Muslims) being people who are “not like us”, whose values are inimical to our own, and with whom we are condemned to be engaged in an endless clash of civilizations, the conflict in Palestine is actually rooted in the fact that Palestinians are exactly like us. 

Palestinians do not accept that equal citizenship in their own homeland should be denied them because of their ethnic/religious background, any more than Americans would accept ethnic justifications for denying them equal citizenship in the United States. Palestinians do not accept that a population that is 96.7% Muslim and Christian should be ethnically cleansed to make way for a sectarian Jewish state, any more than we would accept that the 97.5% of Americans who happen to be not-Jewish should be ethnically cleansed to make way for a Jewish state here.  In short, Palestinians reject and resist Zionism because they do not accept being treated in ways that we, likewise, would never accept for ourselves.