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The Intercept: Fighting Israeli Occupying forces is "terrorism." Boycotting is "anti-semitsm." What is allowed?


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https://theintercept.com/2016/04/03/fighting-israeli-occupying-forces-is-terrorism-boycotting-is-anti-semitism-whats-allowed/

 

THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.

Israel has militarily occupied the West Bank for decades (it’s also still functionally occupying Gaza, as this two-minute video proves). The West Bank “occupation is illegal under international law and the United Nations has repeatedly told the country’s government to vacate Palestinian territory.” Even ardent defenders of Israel admit that “the West Bank is under a legal regime of belligerent occupation” and “Israel’s settlement enterprise is, and has always been, grossly illegal under international law.” Despite this world consensus, Israeli settlements continue to grow rapidly. Israel is not engaged in any meaningful efforts to negotiate an agreement to end the occupation, and leading Israeli ministers now openly oppose such efforts.

In response to this, there has been a series of attacks over the past year by Palestinians on Israeli occupying soldiers in the West Bank. In the Israeliand American press, the Palestinians attacking these occupying soldiers areinvariably called “terrorists” and their attacks are denounced as “terrorism” (“The two soldiers were stabbed while at a guard post at the Har Bracha settlement, located in the northern West Bank. … Troops were searching for the terrorists”).

For those (such as myself) who have long contended that the term “terrorism” now has little meaning beyond “violence by Muslims against the West and its allies,” and no purpose other than to delegitimize violence by one side while legitimizing the other side’s, can there be any better proof than this?

 

 

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Israel does not make it easy to be an ally. They really struggle with being a decent country with decent citizens. Wonder if they'll promise no more settlements again? That's right it was their land to begin with I forgot.

Moral equivalency in 3,2,1...

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Which of the following are terrorist actions and which are freedom fighters:

  • Baghdad locals attacking US Troops in 2004
  • West Bank locals attacking Israeli troops today
  • Belfast locals attacking British troops in 1980s
  • Damascus locals attacking Syrian Assad-regime troops in 2015
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Which of the following are terrorist actions and which are freedom fighters:

  • Baghdad locals attacking US Troops in 2004
  • West Bank locals attacking Israeli troops today
  • Belfast locals attacking British troops in 1980s
  • Damascus locals attacking Syrian Assad-regime troops in 2015

 

 

attacking troops seem a theme.....maybe they should stick to that

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