Sunday 4 December 2016

Israel has closed the door to a rational solution in Gaza

Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: antipathy towards state has grown. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: antipathy towards state has grown. GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

There can be no justification for the mayhem and merciless assault on innocent life in Gaza. The charge of anti-Semitism is disingenuously used to silence all critics. Many Jews seek to disassociate themselves from what is happening in their name - they too are opposed to the current drift of Zionism, particularly the settlement expansion on the West Bank and the continued medieval-type siege of Gaza.

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The branding of the justified assertion of our basic rights as terrorism has been the psychological weapon of choice by states that have a lot to hide.

This tactic was used by Margaret Thatcher in her dismissal, as terrorists, of Nelson Mandela and his fellow opponents of Apartheid. In our own country, one of the greatest political misjudgments was the refusal to address the glaring injustice raised by the civil rights movement in Ulster.

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