>> 31 July 2008
“You don’t simply bundle people onto trucks and drive them away…I prefer to advocate a positive policy, to create, in effect, a condition that in a positive way will induce people to leave.” – Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel
The Wall will be standing in 50 and even in 100 years, if the reasons for it are not removed - Erich Honecker
Palestinian terrorism has to be rejected and condemned, yes. But it should not be translated defacto into a policy of support for a really increasingly brutal repression, colonial settlements and a new wall - Zbigniew BrzezinskiProfessor Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories says that "the policies being pursued, in Gaza in particular, have holocaustal implications if they are not changed. And the mind-set of holding an entire people responsible for opposition and resistance embodies a kind of collective punishment psychology that was very characteristic of the way the Nazis justified what they did to the Jewish people."
I do not want to discuss the pro and cons of this wall - it seems a very controversial and sensitive issue that cannot be solved. I just find it incredible that after all the past wars (and especially WWII) have taught us, we continue to make the same mistakes. We should remember:
WALLS DON'T KEEP OTHER PEOPLE OUT, THEY ONLY FENCE YOU IN.
Sources and reference material:
Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre
Anarchists against the wall
Professor Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories
A conversation with Richard Falk
The UN and human rights - a screaming start
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Israel and the Occupied Territories: The place of the fence/wall in international law
In the war of words, The Times is Israel's ally
United States-Mexico barrier