Sunday, December 13, 2009

The idea that since many countries have stolen other people's land Israel is right in annexing that of the Palestinians

Which is an idea heard sometimes from right wing Israelis, especially when dealing with Americans who they gleefully point out are sitting on Native land. Maybe this sounds defeating to conventional American liberals but let's broaden the context and see what we find. For instance, since taking land is part of lots of country's traditions surely it was right that Germany annexed Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland, incorporating it into Germany and shipping Germans into both places to colonize them, right? Sounds different when Germany does it, doesn't it. You see Israelis use this example because they probably want to be associated with Americans, but they most definitely don't want to be associated with Germans. If the shoe fits though, why not wear it?

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