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  •  You paint with too broad a brush (1+ / 0-)
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    Socialists like Mapam always wanted to make common cause with Arab workers and peasants and believed in equality from the start, as I understand it (full disclosure: I belonged to Hashomer Hatzair, Mapam's youth group, in my youth, and in the 1970s, when it was still illegal for Israelis to meet with the PLO, they were all for it and supportive of Palestinian statehood).

    Overbroad generalizations have the vice of sacrificing a complex mozaic of individuals for a series of neat categories that don't reflect the intricacy of life as people lived it.

    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

    by MichaelNY on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:28:00 AM PST

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    •  Oh that's absolutely true (0+ / 0-)

      There were Russian and European Zionists in the 19th century who argued against settling in Palestine once they realized that there actually were people there. And there have always been Israelis who have protested against the violence and wanted.

      However, that's like saying that there were white people who were against slavery in America. That's also true. In reality, it meant little. The damage was still done, and those white people went down in history as little more than exceptions to the hegemonic norm.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:01:19 AM PST

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