Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Regarding the US's Obscured Vision . . . Quote from Rashid Kahlidi

“Almost forgotten . . . has been the suffering in Gaza caused by months of Israeli siege and bombardment.  It is also forgotten that all of this started with Palestinian efforts to create a democratic structure of governance while still under Israeli occupation.

“Specifically, this latest escalation began with a response by Israel and the United States to the elections for the Legislative Council of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in January 2006, which brought a Hamas-led government.  Their campaign quickly moved from a crippling financial siege of the PA, with the aim of bringing down that government, to an escalation of Israeli assassinations of Palestinian(s) . . . The rest of this tragic scenario then unfolded with the grim, bloody, unthinking precision we have seen so many times before in the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. . . .

“The one-dimensional and ahistorical approach to the conflict through the prism of terrorism that is prevalent in the United States obscures thoroughly the specificity of Palestine . . .”


Rashid Kahlidi, ‘The Iron Cage, The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood,’ quote excerpted from pages IX and X of the introduction.   Written in 2006, the siege is still in place.  Israel has repeatedly engaged in bombardments, every few years, between then and now.  


More relevant quotes can be found here: 

Boycott for Peace!


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