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  •  Excellent diary, fbtp! (3+ / 0-)

    Well-researched and written -- an asset to the reality-based community.

    A small quibble with your concluding paragraph:

    I would like Israel and Israelis to see the perverse logic of their actions towards occupied Palestinians. Before any peace can be made, Israel must decriminalize Palestinian political speech and activity. It must make working for Palestinian rights acceptable and not subject to military arrest, trial and detention. By continuing this aspect of the occupation, Israel sends the message to Palestinians that their desires and rights are not valid or legitimate. That Israeli security is a far greater need than justice for Palestinians. To continue to frame the subjugation of Palestinians as a security issue is to misunderstand the security situation that Israel finds itself in with regard to the Palestinians and it privileges the security needs of Israelis over political and human rights of Palestinians.

    Israel's actions are not motivated by security, but by control.  "For security reasons" is the excuse for every repressive action taken by GOI against its own citizens and against Palestinians since the founding of the state.  "For security reasons" continue to be the reasons that Israel is a militarized society and that its civil institutions default to military rule without enforceable appeal.  Whatever parties have been in power, GOI has exploited the fears of its population in order to continue to act outside of not only International Law, but Israeli Law "for security reasons."  An external threat, real or imagined, is still necessary to keep the Israeli population fearful and willing to subordinate their civil rights and those of others, "for security reasons."

    It isn't nice to go to jail ... but if that's freedom's price

    by Rusty Pipes on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 01:45:11 PM PST

    •  I think this is a really important point, (3+ / 0-)

      as we saw with the Republicans after 9/11.

    •  Thanks Rusty (2+ / 0-)
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      Rusty Pipes, soysauce

      That's a really good point. To clarify: the reason that I put it they way I did is that I wanted to speak to what Israelis themselves say is the reason for this repressive apparatus they have put in place. I keep reading that 'security' is the reason that Israelis use to justify what is going on and absolve themselves from the moral consequences of the outcomes. Control is the mode through which the stated desire for security is implemented but by always focusing on it rather than how that security is achieved, I think that Israelis achieve a moral distance from the aim (security) to how the aim is achieved.

      I guess what I was ulitmately trying to say is that all this security is not making Israelis more secure.

      "I have a vision of our rights as indigenous people. We didn't migrate to Israel; it is Israel that migrated to us." Haneen Zoabi, interview in the New Stateman

      by Fire bad tree pretty on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 06:52:32 PM PST

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