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  •  Did I say anything about the terms (0+ / 0-)

    "ethnic cleansing" or "apartheid government?" No.  What I said, very specifically, was about the term "final solution" that you initially uprated and which spawned this whole subthread.  That's a Nazi analogy, and whether you like it or not, those have been specifically banned by Markos.  So if you want to stick around, that's the rule.

    And you know what?  I agree with it.  And I say this as a Jew who is highly critical of Israeli policies and actions and has no problem with either the term "ethnic cleansing" or "apartheid government," although I think both terms need to be used appropriately and carefully.

    But there are different forms of ethnic cleansing.  What Israel is doing to the Palestinians is a crime, a major crime, but it is not putting Palestinians on trains and sending them to death camps, which is what the final solution was.  So if you want to criticize what Israel is doing, you'll get no argument from me.  But I think it's important that we be accurate in our terminology, and for you to realize that using Nazi analogies is not only HRable but, because of that rule and its super highly inflammatory quality, those analogies end up taking the attention away from what Israel is doing to the Palestinians and putting it all on language.  I'd rather keep the attention on the former part of that previous sentence.

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