Friday, January 9, 2009

A two state solution

When I first found this, I thought that it did a good job of breaking down why there should be two states, and also why people who are seeking a single-state solution on both sides use the rhetoric of legitimate causes to couch their desire for ethnic cleansing and domination. And, who is Israel kidding? This offensive on Gaza is ethnic cleansing of a people literally walled in, with nowhere left to go, no relief in sight. Fuck. That. It is indefensible. And, in all fairness, has been going on for years. The slow starvation, dehydration, and extermination of Palestinians in Gaza is unacceptable. Completely unacceptable, and anyone who thinks that 10 jewish lives are worth hundreds of palestinian lives is a sociopath.

On a personal note, I used to belong to a Jewish and Muslim women's group the last year or two at college. It's since disbanded because we were all too busy and no one day seemed to work well for everyone who wanted to attend, but for a while there, it was an amazing space to inhabit. We always had these dynamic conversations about our shared values and experiences, we never finished our agenda, always talked late into the night.

Of course, teh menz complained that we didn't allow them to attend, or arrange a similar group for them. Well, that's too bad, the women set up their own group, the men will have to learn to organize themselves. Obviously, they never did reach out to each other and set up a mens' group.

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