March 22nd, 2009

Chris Keeley


TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is a highly significant article by Uri Avnery inspired by a formal court admission of which few (myself included) would have been aware from any other source.
Uri's article makes clear, to the extent necessary, why Israel (as well as the United States and, potentially, many EU states) will be boycotting and denigrating next month's World Conference against Racism and Racial Discrimination in Geneva.
It has long seemed to me that the distinction between "combatants" and "non-combatants" is uniquely inapplicable (in practical and strategic, if not legal, terms) to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the simple reason that this conflict, stripped to its bare essentials, has always been a demographic war, one in which, particularly in recent decades, the Israeli side deploys all the most modern technology of death and the Palestinian side deploys the most basic technology of life -- the human womb.
In this context, as I noted in an earlier message, the "Arab laborer" cited as one of the 13 "Israeli" dead during the recent Gaza hostilities was almost certainly included on the wrong list, his death as a result of an unguided Palestinian rocket almost certainly being viewed by most Jewish Israelis (i.e., most real Israelis) as an "own goal" and cause for satisfaction rather than regret.
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