Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Is it racism to call the Palestinians backwards?

Or is it the truth?


At 7/19/2006 4:28 p.m., Blogger Red Tory said...

How dare you speak the truth!

At 7/19/2006 4:28 p.m., Blogger Czar François said...

Yes it would be racist. You could not single out Palestinians for the lack of civil rights. It would be more appropriate to say Middles Eastern regimes, than it would be the truth & not racism...per say

At 7/19/2006 5:36 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if you don't put it into context.
Given that this is a sensitive time your post is rather provocative.

So, it is racist to accuse Israel of promoting a regime of apartheid because of their discriminatory laws and human right abuses vis-a-vis the Palestians?

At 7/19/2006 5:43 p.m., Blogger Red Tory said...

It’s a universal phenomenon but certainly more institutionalized in some parts of the world and societies than others. I think Clear Grit was simply using the Palestinians as an example and contrasting it to the more secular and open-minded, tolerant view regarding homosexuality and gay rights that holds sway in Israel. I don’t think that it warrants attracting the epithet “racist” in any way. Definitely meant to be provocative though...

At 7/19/2006 5:50 p.m., Blogger Penny said...

Palestinians had their homes and businesses confiscated to make room for the Nation of Israel back in 1948. Many of them still have the keys to those homes, but have been living in camps behind barbed wire, so yeah, they probably are backward.

I'm not saying it should have been the Israelis living in those camps instead, of course. Just that that's how it is.

Unfortunately for the Palestinians, they don't seem to be highly thought of by the Arab nations who might have been disposed to help them the way the US has helped Israel.

That may be racism on the part of the Arabs, too. I don't know much about that part of their history.

At 7/19/2006 8:50 p.m., Blogger Cherniak_WTF said...

red tory, I always like your comments. Heck, even when your are wrong and right at the same time such as your view of Bob and softwood.

What do you call Isreali laws that could be quantified as "Jim Crow" laws?

Gay rights are well advanced in Israel (compared to the region).

Penny, from what I understand, one excuse from Arabs for not accepting Palestinians is that they feel is would diminish their case to be able to return to Israel (as mandated by a UN resolution).

At 7/20/2006 3:08 a.m., Blogger Red Tory said...

cherniak-wtf -- You'd have to be more specific about what you're talking about regarding these "Jim Crow" laws.

At 7/21/2006 8:28 p.m., Blogger Cherniak_WTF said...

Red Tory, there are quite a few laws in Israel that are discriminatory towards Israeli Arabs and non-Jews (and I'm not even talking about the occupied territories).

There are parallels between legal, but discriminatory laws in the States that existed that mainly affected blacks and certain laws and their application in Israel.

The easiest one to follow (or google information on), is the Law of Return. It basically state that any Jew can return to Israel - nothing objectionable there (heck it's understandable). The controversy arises when a Jew from the Law of Return has higher social and civil right than an Israel Arab. (Please note I'm not talking about a people from the Occupied Territories). This is contrary to Israel's declaration of independence.

Now, there are other examples of discrimination that have come to their highest court (a Jew marrying an non-Jew and their right).

I'm grateful for the Civil Rights association in Israel that is fighting for equality. I do understand it's a touchy subject also.

At 7/22/2006 7:34 p.m., Blogger EX-NDIP said...

Penny . . . . that is simply NOT TRUE . . . that is revisionist history, the Palistinian flag appears only after 1967. Jordan was the state created for the Arabs and the tiny state of Israel was created in 1948 by the UN. There are many Arabs living in Israel today as Israeli citizens. But in 1948 as many Arab countries were evicting Jews and confiscating their property, Egypt, Seria and others told the Arabs living and working in Israel to leave, as they were about to destroy Israel, many did, and were left by their Arab friends to rot on the Gaza strip for decades.
Israel has a right to exist historically, their connection to the region goes back much further than say . . . . our native population!!!!

At 7/28/2006 7:03 a.m., Anonymous Dal Grad said...


Actually, the emirate of trans-Jordan was created for the Hashemite Amir Abdullah in the 1920s, who was tasked with controlling a tribal region outside of the direct influence of the British or French mandates as a British client. Also the UN didn't create Israel - the mandate of Palestine was to be divided into two states, a vision that was pre-empted by the Israeli declaration of independence and a civil war between the Haganah & Irgun Jewish militias and a variety of Arab state and non-state groups. Again, although it is true that some Arab governments called upon Palestinean civilians to flee the conflict zone, many more fled actual or rumoured Jewish massacres of Arab civilians, the most notorious of which were committed by Irgun to ensure that the new Israeli state would be territorially continuous, rather than divided into holdings along ethnic lines. Finally, although the Jewish population had some connection to the land dating back to the period before the Diaspora in the 1st century AD, the Palestinians have an equally valid claim, as the Levant region had a continuous majority Arab presence from the 8th century conquest from the Byzantines until 1948, the year of the founding of Israel. Therefore, one might wonder which claim is more valid, or if both are at least equally so. Perhaps before you accuse me or anyone else of "revisionist" history you might consult a history text such as William Cleveland's "A History of the Modern Middle East" (3rd Edition) as get your facts straight so this debate can be conducted on the basis of historucal fact rather than dogmatic assertion.

Dal Grad


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