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View Diary: WITNESS: The Brutal Asymmetry of the Israeli Occupation as Soldiers Pepper Spray Seated Villagers (180 comments)

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  •  This is a very good question. (34+ / 0-)

    For myself, I personally don't get involved in these diaries (although I frequently rec them) is because I'm neither Arab nor Jew, so I feel a bit disqualified to comment. Let's face it: it's an intimidating topic.

    Personally, and I know I'll probably get some flames for this, is that I feel like all the walls need to be torn down in Israel and everyone needs to learn how to fucking share.

    I'm 36 years-old, and this has been going on for my whole life (and pretty much forever). I'm starting to not to care anymore, and my sympathy for Israel has slipped dramatically in the last decade.

    I also used to give the benefit of the doubt to Israel by default because of the Holocaust, and how it was so awful and we should give them a break, but enough is enough. The treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government is atrocious.

    No more excuses.

    Just voicing what I see and how I feel about the situation.

    •  strange priorities sometimes. (5+ / 0-)

      I am probably on the other side of the issue than the parent quote but I to, find this startling. The idea that even among politically active people here, that people are more interested in a "gay dog"  than the conflicts costing the lives of many thousands annually is disturbing.

      Beyond that the idea you would need to be Arabic of Jewish (which are not mutually exclusive) to have a valid opinion, impact or to discuss these issues makes no sense.  Morality knows no national, ethnic or cultural boarders.

      To bring the topic back to the original point point. I really do not think these acts of violence could be considered "brutal". While the use of any violence against peaceful protesters is unfortunate. The term brutal is one of the more extreme words available. Compared to the variety of terrible actions people have taken over the years, pepper spray and rocks seem mild.

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