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Old 03-14-2019, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by adaher View Post
The Israeli treatment of the Palestinians isn't great, but let's be clear about what's going on: it's a war. The Palestinians could surrender and negotiate a settlement. Or just negotiate a settlement without calling it surrender. But as long as they are at war with Israel they should expect war to be waged against them. That's how wars work.

Where the anti-semitism comes in is people expecting Israel to react to a group of people waging war on them, is that they should show restraint not expected of anyone else in the world. It also comes in in objections to occupation, of which only the Israeli occupation is a concern, despite several others around the world. It also comes in when Palestinians die at Israeli hands and it's a huge problem but when Palestinians die at non-Jews' hands, whether it be Palestinians themselves, Lebanese, Jordanians, or Egyptians, not a problem worth talking about.
I don't think this is a reasonable characterization. In the present, many or most Palestinian men, women, and children are in truly desperate circumstances, with very little chance at a decent life. Some of them take desperate action, because desperate people do desperate things. Because these are human beings we're talking about -- not moral superheroes or robots -- this isn't likely to change unless and until many or most Palestinians aren't living in truly desperate circumstances.

It would certainly be very difficult to change these circumstances, but they aren't likely to change for the better without the Israeli government changing its policies. Which is why I think a large part of the moral onus is on the Israeli government -- because they have the power to change these circumstances, and individual Palestinians do not.

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