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Old 01-10-2009, 07:29 PM   #406
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Who here is pro-Hamas??

This part of your post is seriously disturbed.
To paraphrase Orwell, Muldfeld and Popshopper are objectively pro-Hamas.

They take an objection to Israeli war crimes to a point where they are excusing Islamist terror.

If someone wants Hamas to win (as in consolidate even more control and legitimacy in Gaza, not drive the Jews into the sea or any of that nonsense) then I don't think they care very much about Palestinian rights beyond condemning the Jewish state.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:31 PM   #407
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the point about Jewish migrants from the West is actually a legitimate point.
I was referring to its use as a historical generalization about Jewish emigration to Israel, period--because that was how it was being deployed, in a blanket way. There certainly were, even in the early years of the Zionist project, some Jews who emigrated purely out of religious or nationalistic idealism rather than a threatening social climate in their country of birth; but the history of where (in the main) Jewish immigrants to Israel were coming from during the late 19th through to the mid-20th centuries, as well as the trajectory of when and where the cause of a Jewish state became popular with various diaspora communities, clearly underscores the central role of first, the pogroms, and later, the rise of Nazism (and in both cases, strong resistance on the part of Western countries to absorbing Commie Jewish refugees), in driving support for a Jewish nation-state. As opposed to continuing the two-thousand-year-old cycle of periodically being driven out of [name of country] and moving on to beg for admission somewhere else, until the cycle repeats itself again.

Unfortunately--and this of course is the tragic irony it always comes back to (I say 'irony,' both because of the resulting Palestinian dispossession and because it echoes the pattern of cutting risky and questionable deals with rulers in exchange for safe residence that characterizes so much of Jewish diaspora history)--this was obviously never going to happen without those aspirations to nationhood being put into contest (through wooing an imperial power, of necessity) with the aspirations to nationhood of some other people elsewhere, because we're talking here about a longstanding diaspora population who'd long since been stripped of all formally recognized claims to a homeland. That is the irreversible part. What should not be irreversible is the 1967 annexation and occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, whose continuation justifiably makes the discrepancy in land entitlement you're citing all the more a source of outrage for the Palestinians. The particulars of Israel's Law of Return (which is a repatriation law, such as many countries have, favoring people with ancestral ties to the nation when granting citizenship) can certainly also be debated--as indeed it often is among Israelis--but that is a separate matter from the occupation itself, as well as from the debates over Palestinian right of return, which everyone recognizes would be a major negotiations point in any land-for-peace agreement.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:02 PM   #408
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The TV station which Hamas runs uses children's programs to indoctrinate the cult of martyrdom, it tells kids that killing Jews is a path to heaven, and the staged marches which have children "playing" military operations are somewhat disturbing



Unlike the blood libel there is actually evidence for the assertion that Hamas has no interests in the future of Palestinian children beyond war.

Yes, but the problem is, one doesn't have to delve too far to find equivalent dodgy and racist propaganda on the other side....

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Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs

By Maureen Meehan
Israeli school textbooks as well as children’s storybooks, according to recent academic studies and surveys, portray Palestinians and Arabs as “murderers,” “rioters,” “suspicious,” and generally backward and unproductive. Direct delegitimization and negative stereotyping of Palestinians and Arabs are the rule rather than the exception in Israeli schoolbooks.

Professor Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University studied 124 elementary, middle- and high school textbooks on grammar and Hebrew literature, history, geography and citizenship. Bar-Tal concluded that Israeli textbooks present the view that Jews are involved in a justified, even humanitarian, war against an Arab enemy that refuses to accept and acknowledge the existence and rights of Jews in Israel.

“The early textbooks tended to describe acts of Arabs as hostile, deviant, cruel, immoral, unfair, with the intention to hurt Jews and to annihilate the State of Israel. Within this frame of reference, Arabs were delegitimized by the use of such labels as ‘robbers,’ ‘bloodthirsty,’ and ‘killers,’” said Professor Bar-Tal, adding that there has been little positive revision in the curriculum over the years.

Bar-Tal pointed out that Israeli textbooks continue to present Jews as industrious, brave and determined to cope with the difficulties of “improving the country in ways they believe the Arabs are incapable of.”

Hebrew-language geography books from the 1950s through 1970s focused on the glory of Israel’s ancient past and how the land was “neglected and destroyed” by the Arabs until the Jews returned from their forced exile and revived it “with the help of the Zionist movement.”

“This attitude served to justify the return of the Jews, implying that they care enough about the country to turn the swamps and deserts into blossoming farmland; this effectively delegitimizes the Arab claim to the same land,” Bar-Tal told the Washington Report. “The message was that the Palestinians were primitive and neglected the country and did not cultivate the land.”

Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs


I suppose I could also be cynical and point out that America and Israel are smart enough to wait until their kids get to high-school age before seeking to recruit them as soldiers:-

Uncle Sam Aggressively Recruits Teenagers as Armed Forces Miss Recruiting Quotas

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"An effective sales approach would be to tailor a program to fit the needs and interests of the individual (high) school," exhorts the US Army's School Recruiting Program Handbook.
"For example, one school may place a premium on its music program; another may give prominence to its athletic program. One school may place more emphasis on its academic scholarship program. Each school has a distinct chain of command structure."

Thus, the handbook, first published in Fall 2004, directs Army recruiters on how to strategize an high school program to maximize enlistment among students. And if that's not enough to entice teenagers, in June 2005, the Defense Department began working with an outsourced direct marketing company to develop a database of personal and private information about every American aged 16 to 25. Included in the database are Social Security numbers, ethnicity and racial data, email addresses, birth dates and grade point averages.

High School Campus Recruiting Buried in President Bush's much-touted No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was Section 9528, a requirement that all public and private high schools receiving federal funds must "provide access to students' names, addresses and phone numbers" to military recruiters. It also mandates that high schools must allow military recruiters the same campus access to students as is granted to college recruiters and prospective employers.
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Moonbats try to counter IDF recruitment efforts

And you thought this only happened in countries that aren't fighting existential conflicts.

A group calling itself 'New Profile' (probably a reference to the 'profile' that IDF recruits receive that indicates their physical worthiness for combat units) is planning to hold events at public schools in Tel Aviv to counter 'brain washing' by the IDF that is urging teenagers not to dodge the draft.
In a move to protest the IDF's plan to send thousands of officers into the country's schools on Wednesday, New Profile - a movement opposed to what they see as "brainwashing" by the army - plans to set up a demonstration in which members dressed as IDF officers will wash a large model of a human brain.

The organizers of the planned protest hope to draw attention to the IDF's nationwide campaign for students and voice their opposition to the "militarization of Israeli society."
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I was referring to its use as a historical generalization about Jewish emigration to Israel, period--because that was how it was being deployed, in a blanket way. There certainly were, even in the early years of the Zionist project, some Jews who emigrated purely out of religious or nationalistic idealism rather than a threatening social climate in their country of birth; but the history of where (in the main) Jewish immigrants to Israel were coming from during the late 19th through to the mid-20th centuries, as well as the trajectory of when and where the cause of a Jewish state became popular with various diaspora communities, clearly underscores the central role of first, the pogroms, and later, the rise of Nazism (and in both cases, strong resistance on the part of Western countries to absorbing Commie Jewish refugees), in driving support for a Jewish nation-state. As opposed to continuing the two-thousand-year-old cycle of periodically being driven out of [name of country] and moving on to beg for admission somewhere else, until the cycle repeats itself again.

Unfortunately--and this of course is the tragic irony it always comes back to (I say 'irony,' both because of the resulting Palestinian dispossession and because it echoes the pattern of cutting risky and questionable deals with rulers in exchange for safe residence that characterizes so much of Jewish diaspora history)--this was obviously never going to happen without those aspirations to nationhood being put into contest (through wooing an imperial power, of necessity) with the aspirations to nationhood of some other people elsewhere, because we're talking here about a longstanding diaspora population who'd long since been stripped of all formally recognized claims to a homeland. That is the irreversible part.
The historical context for the creation of the Israeli state is to provide a homeland for Jewish people fleeing from pogroms and worse, I am not disputing that for a second.


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The particulars of Israel's Law of Return (which is a repatriation law, such as many countries have, favoring people with ancestral ties to the nation when granting citizenship) can certainly also be debated--as indeed it often is among Israelis--but that is a separate matter from the occupation itself, as well as from the debates over Palestinian right of return, which everyone recognizes would be a major negotiations point in any land-for-peace agreement.
They are separate matters certainly, but it's an overcrowded spot of land, which I guess is part of what creates the conflict.
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Unlike the blood libel there is actually evidence for the assertion that Hamas has no interests in the future of Palestinian children beyond war.
That simply does not make rational sense to me.

I simply do not believe that a parent, any parent, has no interest in the future of their children beyond sending them to be killed in a war.

That's why I am arguing that there may be an unknowing racist underlying subcurrent to this whole 'Hamas breed kids to send them to battle' theory, or, even worse, the 'Hamas gets kids killed for propaganda advantage' thesis.

I greatly doubt Irvine's opinion that the Palestinian leadership is rejoicing and celebrating the deaths of their own kids. I find it a suspect proposition.
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Nobody is saying that parents want their kids to die.

But using dead kids for propaganda is the reality, and I would cite Mohammed al-Dura as a perfect example.
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Nobody is saying that parents want their kids to die.
How else are posts such as the following supposed to be interpreted?


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Hamas also deliberately stockpiles their weapons where there are lots and lots of civilians. bloody kids on Al-Jazeera is a great PR tactic.
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don't know if this is the case here, but this is one of Hamas's tactics -- maximize their own civilian casualties in order to gain the greatest possible sympathy.
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i mean no irony by my statement. dead kids help Hamas.
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the truth of the matter, is that this appears to be a tragic, inexcusable mistake by the IDF.

and Hamas is likely thrilled.
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i'm basing this on what i've been saying all along -- regardless of military importance, blowing up a school is precisely the kind of thing Hamas wants the IDF to do.
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we know Hamas loves dead Palestinians. why would they not do things to ensure they get as many of them as possible.
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i think Hamas is a murderous theocratic mafioso organization that uncovers bodies in the morgue so they can parade them through the streets. i think Hamas wants more dead Palestinians so they can wail about "no justice, no peace."

This is what passes for nuance in Washington DC.

Having said that, being European, it's actually my fault, as I'm a Nazi.
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They are separate matters certainly, but it's an overcrowded spot of land, which I guess is part of what creates the conflict.
If it were up to me, sitting here in my comfy room in Indiana, to draw up the final boundaries, they would be more generous than what will probably result. But it's not, and even Israel's Arab neighbors seem to now be pushing the pre-1967 West Bank and Gaza territories as the goal to aim for. (Not that it's their right to tell the Palestinians what to do either, and certainly some of those regimes have in various ways f*ed over the Palestinians themselves enough times in pursuing their own regional interests.) So I see little practical use in tearing out my hair over the particulars of any future negotiations, especially at this miserable point, and prefer to focus on getting my own government to stop being so one-sided in implementing its role in getting that process back on the table.

I do think that the unevenness of the UN which melon pointed out is a serious problem regardless, and find the idea that 'this counteracts US one-sidedness, so it's OK' to be poor thinking, no matter how correct that diagnosis of the US. Not only does it hand Israel a great excuse to not take the UN seriously, but it also undercuts the UN's moral authority as an international organization.
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Nobody is saying that parents want their kids to die.

But using dead kids for propaganda is the reality, and I would cite Mohammed al-Dura as a perfect example.
I think or I hope that even the most pro-Palestinian people recognize that Hamas does this. Hell, it's the sort of propaganda that happens in pretty much every war, and is not even unique to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. For example, Bosnia comes to mind.

But in the end, if that child is blown up in a way that clearly contravenes international law for whatever reason, and I think everyone can agree that there HAS been some of that happening here, then really, how much does it matter? Is it more important to discuss Hamas' PR moves or the fact that the children are, you know, in fact dead?

Hamas are a bunch of thugs, their actions are par for the course, but the bigger tragedy here is not them photographing dead bodies; it's the dead bodies in the first place. And THAT is what we should be striving to put an end to at the end of the day.
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How else are posts such as the following supposed to be interpreted?
And he is talking about Hamas, do you think that Hamas is a fairly representative example of attitudes among the Palestinian people?
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George Galloway, hyping it up:-

YouTube - GEORGE GALLOWAY STOP MASSACRE (FULL VERSION) 8/1/09

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Now, I don't believe the British government understands the terrifying risks that it is running with the policy it is pursuing. As you've heard me say here before, they're always looking for some Muslim cleric to ban, some Muslim organisation to proscribe, some hapless Imam to blame for the radicalisation of Muslim youth.

How rrrrradical do ya think Muslims in Britain are feeling after two while weeks of watching this slaughter in Palestine?
Uh oh.
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And he is talking about Hamas, do you think that Hamas is a fairly representative example of attitudes among the Palestinian people?
They voted for Hamas.
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Hamas are a bunch of thugs, their actions are par for the course, but the bigger tragedy here is not them photographing dead bodies; it's the dead bodies in the first place. And THAT is what we should be striving to put an end to at the end of the day.
Absolutely, and it's simply weird, bizarre and disturbing that some here want to turn it into a debate about something else.

Is it possibly a form of sublimated Kollektivschuld about their taxpayer's money going to finance US-supported Israeli war crimes?
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They voted for Hamas.
They also voted for Abbas, and there was a little civil war which went on before Hamas had control of Gaza.

I think that as a group which uses violence against civilians for political ends, and embraces a faith based ideology, Hamas does make calculated decisions to maximise civilian deaths to make Israel loose the propaganda war.

I don't think that most parents embrace the idea of having their children murdered.
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I have to say I find it a little weird that when Bosnians were being photographed in smitherines and Kosovars were being photographed bloodied and muddied, and a lot of that was courtesy of the KLA, we weren't hearing the same tune. And as murderous as the Serbian regime under Milosevic was, the KLA would probably be considered a terrorist organization by most of the West in other circumstances, and nevermind the Jihadists in Bosnia or the thugs that hurt their own people there. And yet, the world correctly concluded that the solution here was to stop the asymmetrical "war" rather than to endlessly discuss whether the dead bodies were there for PR purposes. Even if they were, that didn't change the reality on the ground.
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