Saturday, September 20, 2014
I wrote a letter to the Times about how they always leave out the real antecedents to any "unrest" attributed to Palestinians in Israel. Now what could they say (instead of "events that led to" referring to one recent incident)? They could say, "The West Bank and Gaza, where most Palestinians live, have been occupied by Israel since [whatever year]" or "for nearly 50 years." They don't even need the phrase about "events"--the fact of an endless occupation would be sufficient, I think. They could, of course, add, "the ancestors of current Palestinians had homes in what is now Israel, an entity which expelled them from their ancestral lands." But it's not bloody likely.