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    What you did David took real courage, even as you regarded it as a necessary step towards your healing. Brave nonetheless and example of humankind at its best. The thing you did likely literally changed lives.

    I'm just Double Tapped the hell out.

    by pajoly on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 10:01:47 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the kind words. (10+ / 0-)

      One of my hopes for this book is that it reveals to an American audience (and, specifically, American Jews) the humanity of Palestinians -- something our mainstream media and institutional leaders largely refuse to highlight.

      Only public opinion can change the way in which the U.S. diplomatically engages in the region.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 10:30:11 AM PDT

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      •  This event you've chronicled here for us . . . (2+ / 0-)
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        whizdom, poco

        Not just the outrageous man-handling of diplomats but especially the wholesale bulldozing by Israelis of entire Palestinian villages on land which is not in Israel - would you agree that this is just the kind of thing that could cause a radical person to do something horrible in a cafeteria?

        I believe that the destruction of people's homes and entire villages is one of the many things that triggers such horrible behavior by people who have now nothing left to lose and are left desperate because of it.

        If a nation would not have this thing done to its own people by a foreign entity, it should not do it to another.  This goes not just for bulldozers, but also drone strikes, invasions, phosphorus artillery, cluster bombs, etc., etc., etc.

        Yes, I'm looking at BOTH OF YOU, Israel and America!

        Celtic Merlin

        Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

        by Celtic Merlin on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 11:00:25 PM PDT

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      •  Good to see more Jewish people opening their eyes (0+ / 0-)

        I hope your wife is now OK and hasn't suffered too much.

        I don't know if you're familiar with Miko Peled (Has a book called The General's Son), but your story reminded me of him. He has a great presentation he's given across the U.S., many of which are available on YouTube. Like you, it took tragedy to escape complacency and start questioning Zionism. For those not that familiar with this conflict, the videos are very informative and enlightening about Jewish-Israeli persecution of Palestinians.

        A couple of other Israeli gentlemen I greatly admire is Professor Schlomo Sands, whose lectures are also available on YouTube, and Ilan Pappe, one of the "new" historians, author of numerous books and with lectures/interviews available also on YouTube. Some American Jews I greatly admire in this battle for justice for the Palestinian people are Norman Finkelstein, Anna Baltzar, and Noam Chomsky.

        I've spoken out for over 30 years, and as a non-Jew, the worst I've faced is empty charges of anti-Semitism, which ironically has become almost a badge of honor. But I understand that the price for Jews speaking out against Israel can be greater, so that and your willingness not to be victimized inspires and garners my respect.

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