Thursday, December 21, 2006

Language and the crimes we permit in Gaza

Scott Kennedy writing from Gaza, occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine, 20 December 2006

"As I entered the powerful new museum of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in early November, I was confronted by these words: "A country should be judged not only by what it does, but also by what it tolerates." Kurt Tucholsky, WW1 veteran and pacifist, journalist and social critic whose books were burned by the same Nazi regime that stripped him of his citizenship, wrote the statement after Germany adopted the anti-Semitic Nuremberg laws. His sobering contention was brought vividly to mind during my visit to Gaza, Palestine ten days later."

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