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“Worse Than Apartheid?”

Contact with the PFLP is not a requirement for being holed up by the Israel Defense Forces. Bethlehem University students cannot get to Jerusalem, a few minutes’ drive away, unless they sneak in illegally. The students from the separated Gaza enclave have to take classes from Bethlehem via the Internet.

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey was at the university the same day I was, and faculty members could hardly believe a real live member of Congress was there. Smith later was given a tour of Jerusalem to see with his own eyes that the separation barrier in most places is a big, ugly and intimidating wall, not merely a fence.

Smith, an active Catholic layman, was drawn here because of the rapid emigration of the Holy Land’s Christian minority. They leave more quickly than Muslims because contacts on the outside make them more mobile. Peter Corlano, a Catholic member of the Bethlehem University faculty, told Smith and me: “We live the same life as Muslims. We are Palestinians.”

Concerned by the disappearance of Christians in the land of Christianity’s birthplace, Smith could also become (as I did) concerned by the plight of all Palestinians. If so, he will find precious little company in Congress. ~Robert Novak [1]

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#1 Comment By bsebse On April 12, 2007 @ 3:13 am

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc.

Indeed Hadar [retired Chief Interrogator of the Shabak, Israel’s internal secret security service] was summoned in 1984 to appear before a commission that investigated the Shabak following summary executions of Palestinians who kidnapped a bus in Israel. He says he told the commission that: “applying physical pressure is clearly illegal, but regrettably there is no other option. I explained that these means, including hitting, sleep deprivation, mock executions, and exposure to extreme weather conditions for many hours were the only means at our disposal for getting to the truth … I told the commission that I do not feel good about it but someone had to do it.” In other words, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Full story [2].

#2 Comment By cyrus On April 12, 2007 @ 7:29 am

If Israel is to continue to exist, it must separate itself from the Palestinians. To do otherwise is for it to disappear. The choice is “apartheid” or oblivion. Just because the western world has chosen oblivion is no reason for Israelis to do so. That said, if they are to be separate, they must really be separate, and end the occupation. They need to get behind the wall they are building, and leave the Palestinians to their own devices. They can not both keep the Palestinians in helotage and remain separate from them any more than the Afrikaners could.