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    simone daud

    This is false. There was no legally enforced separation of roads, schools, and other institutions prior to the Israeli occupation. What is happening today is a military occupation and the building of settlements restricted to one ethnic group. That has never happened in the past, so while I understand that there has been conflict in the past, it was because Zionists insisted on establishing a separate and unequal system of governance in Mandate Palestine.

    •  Look, (0+ / 0-)

      this isn't the forum for this debate. And your repeating falsehoods doesn't make them true.
      Anyone interested in the facts about the Hebron Massacre of 1929 which ended Jewish-Arab coexistence in the West Bank can read about it in Wikipedia. <>

      •  you're right (1+ / 0-)
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        simone daud

        this is not the forum for this discussion, so I'm not sure why you're persisting in engaging me. Suffice to say, you didn't address any points about what the content of the discussion was, which was the fact that the settlements TODAY are Jewish only, and therefore, the reason there aren't joint Palestinian-Israeli schools is because of the racist nature of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. I'm fairly certain most people here understand that.

        Have a wonderful day.

        •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

          I didn't know that "engaging" you (or anyone) is forbidden.

          I responded to what you wrote because there is a concerted effort to deligitimize Israel by spreading falsehoods about all sorts of things, including your claims of "Jewish supremacy." These efforts, coming from either side, move us away from peace, while the program discussed here tries to move us towards peace.

          •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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            simone daud

            the best way to move toward peace is by ending the occupation and its infrastructure, which privileges Jews over non-Jews in the West Bank in very concrete ways, such as Jewish only settlements, roads, schools, and the use of the West Bank's resources in contravention of international law. So, if we want more examples like this diary, I think the way to go is to end the system of segregation (the wall, the checkpoints, the segregated neighborhoods) that is enforced in the West Bank by the state of Israel and the IDF.

            I'm certain you agree.

            Take care.

          •  oh and (0+ / 0-)

            where is this "concerted effort" to delegitimize Israel? I don't see it at all in the news or the media or in US government policy, so I'm curious what you mean by that.

            •  No remi, I won't fall for it (0+ / 0-)

              I won't take your arrogant baiting. Because the program discussed here is too rare and too beautiful.

              •  uhhhhh ok (0+ / 0-)

                Fall for what? You made the claim about delegitimizing, not me. Usually one has to support such claims.

                Anyway, in the real world, Israel gets pretty uncritical support from the US government and the US media. If you mean that people who are supportive of ending the occupation and pointing out what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza are "delegitimizing Israel," then I think the problem is the language you are using, because I see that more as supporting human rights than delegitimizing anything. But anyway...

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