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This is not about Gaza

The following letter appears in today’s Australian:

Your editorial (“A lifeline to Gaza“, 17-18/11) overlooks the remainder of the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel’s violations.

While we welcome Israel’s withdrawal from any inch of Palestine, it is important to know that the Gaza Strip represents less than 1.5 per cent of historic Palestine, and what should not be overlooked here is what Israel is doing in the West Bank in terms of building and expanding settlements and the apartheid wall deep inside the occupied West Bank. The Wall, which is near completion, is twice as high and seven times as long as the Berlin Wall. It is 8m high and over 700km long, and consists of reinforced cement, barbed wire, electrical fences, trenches, electronic motion sensors, guard towers and military roads.

The Wall is having a devastating impact on the lives of Palestinians in the occupied territories, and by the time it is complete, it will close off the Palestinian territories from the outside world. Israel will control all entries and exits as well as all the aerial and electromagnetic space and approximately 56 per cent of the West Bank will be de facto annexed to Israel.

The land incorporated into Israel by the Wall is the richest agricultural land in the West Bank and includes the aquifer system which provides 51 per cent of the West Bank’s water resources. The Palestinians will effectively be living in the largest prison in the world. What (Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon is trying to do is exchange the withdrawal from Gaza with the theft of 56 per cent of the West Bank as well as the entire city of Jerusalem. Needless to say this expansion is rejected by the Palestinians and will not bring peace, stability and security.

When will Israel understand that what it needs to build are bridges and peace with the Palestinian people and not walls?

Ali Kazak
Head of delegation to Australia and New Zealand
Ambassador of Palestine to Vanuatu and East Timor

81 comments ↪
  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Eddie, I have never used the term "religious Jew" so I don't have a classification definition……I don't know what passages are clear and non-metaphorical according to the Jewish people you have met. "Oh, if it is the nitpicking over the term "religious Jews" that is preventing you from answering, let me use words that you will find acceptable (since you wrong them – or copied and pasted them). And if you "don't know what passages are clear and non-metaphorical according to the Jewish people you have met", let me add an example.Here is my post, tailored just the way you like it:No, I can't say I have ever met a Jewish person who takes the entire Torah literally, but since I don't know what you mean exactly by "Jews who identify themselves religiously as Jews" (aside from the fact that they're all Zionists), it is possible I have simply never met a person who you would classify as a "Jew who identify him/herself religiously as a Jew". That said, I have met Jewish people who say that the entire Torah is "the literal word of g~d" (which is a slightly different thing). They say that those passages which are clear and non-metaphorical should be taken as "literally true". For example, they take the following from Deuteronomy literally:ד שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד.ה וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ. ו וְהָיוּ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם–עַל-לְבָבֶךָ. ז וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ, וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם, בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ בְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ, וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶךָ. ח וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת, עַל-יָדֶךָ; וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת, בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ. ט וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל-מְזֻזוֹת בֵּיתֶךָ, וּבִשְׁעָרֶיךָ. Do you agree with THESE people?

  • Ibrahamav

    Why would you print the Shema and ask if I agree with those people who believe that is the only thing? Is That all they believe? What is their understanding of heart, soul, and mind? How do you understan with your heart? How could it then be literal since your heart understands nothing but the eltrical pulse that causes it to beat, and that isn't even an understanding.Addamo, as your only friends are imaginary, you must have confused your identification.Manny, I can't answer for the Jews who are not yet living in Israel, just as I can't answer for the Jews who refused to leave Germany when the opportunity arose.

  • Wombat

    Based on your statement, "I can't answer for the Jews who are not yet living in Israel", would it be correct to assume that you live in Israel Ibraham?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "Why would you print the Shema and ask if I agree with those people who believe that is the only thing?"I'm giving AN EXAMPLE. I'm sure it's not the ONLY thing."Is That all they believe?"I doubt it, but I'd have to ask."What is their understanding of heart, soul, and mind? How do you understan with your heart? How could it then be literal since your heart understands nothing but the eltrical pulse that causes it to beat, and that isn't even an understanding."How would I know? I'm just telling you what they said to me. You want me to go and conduct extensive theological question-&-answer sessions with them to find out in detail exactly what they think they mean by this? C'mon. This sounds like you're looking for yet another way of not answering a simple question. I ASSUME that your answer implies that you don't think the Shema should be taken literally. Perhaps that means you don't think anything at all in the Torah should be taken literally. Would that be correct? Or are there passages in the Torah that you would take literally?

  • Ibrahamav

    The only part of the Shema that can be taken literally, is the opening lines, and even then, wha was being address and why are the letters enlarged?But you are not here for a theological lesson. Go back to cheder if that's what you want.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    OK, so would you regard the passages in Numbers 34, for example, as ones that should not be taken literally? Or should they be treated metaphorically too? And if so in what sense?

  • Ibrahamav

    Go to cheder.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Cheder & ibrahamav-chicken sandwich. It's not quite kosher, but I do so like chickens.It would have saved a lot of time if you had simply said at the beginning: "I'm not tellin' 'cause I'm chicken." Please do this in future when you are too scared to answer a simple question.

  • Ibrahamav

    What simple question did you ask? Is Edward Mariyani-Squire an antisemite?Simple enough. I would say yes.Any other question you have in mind that isn't an admission of your utter ignorace? Questions regarding your normal ignorance will probably be answered.

  • Ibrahamav

    Eddie, whatever you picked up Eddie, once again, you'll get no answer from me regarding Bamidbar till you answer this. Aditting ignorance is fine, eddie, most of us already recognize that trait in you. "Exactly how many Jewish zionists (and remember, all Jews who consider themselves to be Jews, religiously, are Zionists)believe modern Israel should expand to the boundaries noted in Bamidbar?"

  • Ibrahamav

    Or that Israel should be at the borders of what is stated in Bamidbar?Come on eddie, scared to answer?You can admit your fear, many of your fellow antisemites will support you in defeat.

  • Wombat

    You moron Ibraham.Your question is a pure distration. You yourself said you would not answer Eddie unless you knew what his reasons were for asking. Sounds like you are an untter coward and a control freak. You have proven that you are nothing more than a myopic nationalist and sociopath.

  • Ibrahamav

    The question remains, and eddie's to scared, or to ignorant, to answer it.Why don't you answer it for him addamo? You've done everything else including licking his butt.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… Ibrahamav said… Ibrahamav said… He he. Looks like Ibrahamav has kiniptions whenever he gets unmasked as the chicken he is.Ibrahamav said… "What simple question did you ask? Is Edward Mariyani-Squire an antisemite? Simple enough. I would say yes."Yeah, but since you call dogs that bark at you, waiters to forget to bring you a glass of water, internet connections that are slow, Arabs, and jubes 'anti-semites', it means nothing. Everyone knows that now. Contratulations – you've rendered your only weapon impotent.And we both know that is not the question. Is my question SO confronting to you that you have repressed all memory of it?Ibrahamav said… "you'll get no answer from me regarding Bamidbar till you answer this: "Exactly how many Jewish zionists (and remember, all Jews who consider themselves to be Jews, religiously, are Zionists) believe modern Israel should expand to the boundaries noted in Bamidbar?" "Huh? You want me to go around the world and survey everyone to find out the answer to this? That is waaaay too much work for just one person. Is there a survey company somewhere that has already done it? And what does it have to do with my original question to you anyway?Ibrahamav said… "Or that Israel should be at the borders of what is stated in Bamidbar?"And THAT'S a different question altogether."Come on eddie, scared to answer?"Errr – as I said before, no. How could I know the answer. I haven't done the world-wide survey to find out. And again, what does this have to do with your own views on the matter. You DO HAVE your own views on the matter, don't you?"You can admit your fear, many of your fellow antisemites will support you in defeat."Now I don't know what you're talking about at all.

  • Ibrahamav

    No, eddie, just people like you. That's why they don't hire you as a waiter.I see you are too chicken or ignorant or 'caught in your own trap' to answer the question. Oh well, it might have been quite illuminating for you. But we wouldn't want that. And if you don't realize you lost again, don't expect me to explain it.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "I see you are too chicken or ignorant or 'caught in your own trap' to answer the question. Oh well, it might have been quite illuminating for you. But we wouldn't want that."I'm still hearing the ocean coming out of your answers. I suppose we'll just have to leave the matter at: let the record show that Mr Ibrahamav declined to answer the question.

  • Ibrahamav

    I still don't see eddie answering the question. Too bad. He would have learned something. But antisemites hate having to shake their illusions.

  • Wombat

    Score so far:Eddie 3 Ibraham 0

  • Ibrahamav

    As one would expect an antisemite to score the encounters.

  • Wombat

    You are the one obsessed with winning, but being a loser does that to peopel.It's a count of the number of questions asked of you and the number you ended up actualyl answering.As a first class corward, you should be proud.

  • Ibrahamav

    I'm not obsessed about winning, I just happened to have won.Count the number of questions? Why bother. Eddie has proven unable to answer the important ones.You're so upset by eddie losing, you're foaming at the mouth. Calm down. Your life is not on the line, and your reputation was lost when you lied about your credentials.

  • Wombat

    You have run away from asking crucial questions on no less than 3 occasions. You have no courage of your convictions. The reason has become very obvious to all. You know that your extremist beliefs cannot be supported by sound reasoning, but are fuelled by prejudice, hatred and racism. Your own shame is also obvious.I lied about nothing Ibraham, and I most certainly am not bothered about winning or losing. Eddie continues to publicly humiliate you and you just come back for more. You claimed to ask me a question to prove my credentials, which I never received. I invited you to re-ask it and you, being to scared to be proven wrong, ran away like the coward that you are. I certainly admire your stamina, though I wonder about your wisdom and when you will come to learn your lesson.

  • Ibrahamav

    Don't you think eddie sphincter is getting chafed from your lips?When you could not prove your credentials by answering a simple question (Which anyone slightly familiar with your field of expertise would have no trouble answering, or at least know what they were looking for on line, I mean who rememebrs all of those formulas we learned in reactor design?) it was simple to deduce you lied.

  • Wombat

    You are truly pathetic. Disagreeing with you makes me an anti-demite but agreeing with Eddie makes me an arse kisser.No Ibraham. Eddie's intelligence and eluquence makes you look like a neanderthal that's all.No I did not lie. I invited you to ask me another question and you were too sacred to ask me.Anyway, it's f litter importance. You yourself stated that Nazi's were also educated, so education is proof of nothing.Don't you hate it that I always right?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "I still don't see eddie answering the question. "Ibrahamav, aren't you reading my answers? To your question(s):"Exactly how many Jewish zionists (and remember, all Jews who consider themselves to be Jews, religiously, are Zionists) believe modern Israel should expand to the boundaries noted in Bamidbar?""Or that Israel should be at the borders of what is stated in Bamidbar?"I told you that I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWERS because these are survey questions that would require me to travel across the globe with my trusty clip-board to get the answers for you. Surely you don't expect me to know what is on the minds of "all Jews who consider themselves to be Jews, religiously"? I appreciate the confidence you have in me, but I don't have magical superpowers.So as you can see, I answered your question as best I could. Now, do you have the gumption to answer my simple little question, or are you going to continue cowering in the closet?

  • Ibrahamav

    No, you didn't answer the question the best you could, you merely came up with a reason to refuse to answer the question as you cower in the closet.Sounds simple enough doesn't it?I would venture to guess that the actual answer to the first question is none. The second question has NK in the answer.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ibrahamav said… "No, you didn't answer the question the best you could"Well can you at least give me a clue about how I could find out "exactly how many Jewish zionists…believe modern Israel should expand to the boundaries noted in Bamidbar"?I really do have no idea how I could find this out except by surveying each Jewish Zionist. You seem to be implying there is another (easier) way of finding out.

  • Ibrahamav

    You have no idea if any jewish zionists believe if modern Israel should expand to the borders mentioned in Bamidbar. In fact, you don't know what those borders are.

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    Ahhh – NOW I see what you're saying! Finally! So: where to YOU believe that they are?

  • Ibrahamav

    Where do I believe what are? (I wonder what the wanker is fishing for)

  • Wombat

    Yet another non answer Ibraham. How original.Are you ever goign to andress Eddie's quesrion? Or you just goign to continue to commen on hwi mostivation for asking?You are such a frightened little boy aren't you?