Re: [sixties-l] Re: peoples and governments

From: Carrol Cox (
Date: 10/09/00

  • Next message: "[sixties-l] modr8r note (please read)" wrote:
    > The main problem I am having with some--by no means all--of the comments here
    > re Israel's (recent) violence is the failure to distinguish between the
    > Israelis and their government.
    The distinction should be made -- but the parallels you give are not
    relevant. The relevant parallels are Europeans and Indians, South
    Afrikans and Africans, French colonists and Algerians. From what I
    know (though one would never guess this from the U.S. press) there
    are more Israelis opposed to their government policy than in the case
    of the United States ("The Only Good Indian is a Dead Indian"), South
    Africa, or Algeria. Nevertheless large portions of the Israeli population
    not only support the government but participate personally and actively
    in the persecution of Palestinians. (E.g., the armed settlers on the
    West Bank.) So the distinction is harder to make than in the case
    of the U.S. invasion of Vietnam -- the populace of the United States
    was not directly involved, and the line between state action and
    citizens was more sharply drawn.

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