Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Back to basics in Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud
Asia Times

"Ongoing destruction of Palestinian olive trees by Israeli settlers underlines Israel's efforts to break historic bonds. Bizarre laws allowing indefinite detentions, property seizures and the interrogation of surgery patients add insult, and as apartheid-like practices worsen, counting on Western leaders to provoke change proves futile....

Before we speak of "solutions" to the "Palestinian-Israeli conflict", I believe that we must first resolve our own dilemma by divesting from an occupation that runs counter to any conception of true humanism.

Desmond Tutu once said, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Where do we stand in relation to this conflict? Are we on the side of the armed Brooklyn settler, and the US-armed Israeli soldier? Or are we on the side of the bearded old man holding tightly to his broken olive branches, conveying a profound mix of despair and hope?

The choice is yours. And the consequences of your choice could redefine history. "

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