Israel’s “right to exist”

Originally published 2/7/07:

This is a good article that states exactly why the demand on Hamas to “recognize Israel’s right to exist” is a morally indefensible thing to ask.

“There is an enormous difference between “recognizing Israel’s existence” and “recognizing Israel’s right to exist.” From a Palestinian perspective, the difference is in the same league as the difference between asking a Jew to acknowledge that the Holocaust happened and asking him to concede that the Holocaust was morally justified. For Palestinians to acknowledge the occurrence of the Nakba – the expulsion of the great majority of Palestinians from their homeland between 1947 and 1949 – is one thing. For them to publicly concede that it was “right” for the Nakba to have happened would be something else entirely. For the Jewish and Palestinian peoples, the Holocaust and the Nakba, respectively, represent catastrophes and injustices on an unimaginable scale that can neither be forgotten nor forgiven.”

Read the whole article here:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0202/p09s02-coop.html

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1 Response to “Israel’s “right to exist””


  1. 1 Non-Arab Arab October 5, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Read this sometime back and sent it around to folks, it is very good. So good and reasonable in fact, I was shocked a relatively mainstream publication like CSM would even publish it!


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