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Wednesday May 12, 2010 5:38 PM (EST+7)
OP-ED: Israelis' state of denial about repression of Palestinians pervasive

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RAMALLAH, May 12 (JMCC) - Despite the close proximity in which they live, Israelis largely remain in a state of denial over their military's repressive treatment of Palestinians. This is the argument posed by Haaretz columnist Yitzach Laor.

A survey carried out two weeks ago by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, which was published in Haaretz, touched on the issue: The only thing the public does not want to hear about is the repression of the Palestinians. This is not a matter of keeping secrets, but of denial.

It is doubtful whether a survey is necessary. It suffices to watch the news on commercial television in order to understand that what is going on in the territories doesn't sell. But the matter is more grave. What is happening in the territories is becoming taboo. Not only do people not want to know because there is something to know (otherwise people would not refuse to know ), the army is seen as the sole legitimate source of information about events in the territories.

But the army lies, to put it mildly. The language it uses to describe firing at non-violent Palestinian demonstrators is always laden with euphemisms, and the need to explain arises only when organizations like B'Tselem publish pictures in which it can be seen, for example, how settlers open fire and the army does not lift a finger. That is an example of the kind of things Israelis do not want to know about.

Read the full article at Haaretz...






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