Sunday, May 10, 2009

It's about time someone else said this...

I have long said, oh 20 years or more, that Palestinians in Israel need a Martin Luther King, Jr. or Ghandi. Now, Gershom Gorenberg has said it (a progressive writing in The Weekly Standard, which should shame The Nation magazine*, I might add) and published on the web a rejoinder to critics and supporters here.

The article is fascinating because it reminds us of a Palestinian who could have played that role, Mubarak Awad. The Israelis deported him, which is one more example of how successive Israeli governments do not pursue peace. Unlike Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush Jr., America's new president, armed with Internet politics behind him, would be far less likely to allow Israel to deport the next Awad. Isn't it time for Palestinians to try non-violent civil disobedience in the West Bank and Gaza--and in Jerusalem in response to the Israeli government's bad faith actions like this?

* The Nation is where I read about Gorenberg's article (see here), but even the person at The Nation who endorses what Gorenberg says can't help saying it in a defensive manner. This is circumstantially damning evidence against The Nation magazine, which seems incapable of printing anything directly critical regarding the Palestinians.

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1 Comments:

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Steerpike75 said...

Greetings . . . I know your son from a music chat, and he clued me in. Quite erudite and provoking . . .

I've known many proponents of Palestinian rights, yet few of them see the need for a moral and inclusive leader. Now, I may be on the bad side of information, but a charismatic leader, I'm not seeing . . .

Oh, great links, hope to read on a regular basis now . . .

 

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