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SydWalker.Info is a personal website. I live in tropical Australia near Cairns. I oppose war, plutocracy, injustice, sectarian supremacism and apartheid. I support urgent action to achieve genuine sustainability and a fair and prosperous society for all. I rely upon - and support - free speech as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see below).

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“The Chief of Staff can see it for all I care”
Jan 9th, 2009 by Syd Walker

A young Israeli soldier explains his point of view.

Apparently he doesn’t like the people of Ramallah…

As I don’t understand Hebrew, I don’t know if the subtitles are accurate. Can anyone help out with this?

Please confirm or deny, but not both :-)

Israel: A Rogue State
Jan 9th, 2009 by Syd Walker

Professor Avi Shlaim

Oxford Professor Avi Shlaim

Oxford Professor of International Relations Avi Shlaim has an article in the Guardian: How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe

It explains that Israel’s “merciless assault on Gaza has led him to devastating conclusions.”

Professor Shlaim “served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and… never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders.” But he rejects ” the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line.”

A cynic might call him four fifths of a Zionist.

Anyhow, Professor Shlaim is clearly asking more questions these days and good luck to him! He’s drawning quite reasonable conclusions too. The Guardian article ends with this salvo: (emphases added)

Israel‘s record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders”.

A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism – the use of violence against civilians for political purposes.

Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it.

Israel’s real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones.

Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.”

A Saintly Man Under Pressure: Gandhi on Zionism
Jan 9th, 2009 by Syd Walker

Mahatma Ghandi

Mahatma Ghandi: Pressured by Zionists over two decades, assassinated 1948

The full text of The Jews In Palestine by Mahatma Gandhi, published in the Harijan on26 November 1938, is well worth a read.

Bear in mind that Gandhi came under sustained pressure from the Zionist lobby to make a statement favourable to the Zionist cause. Godfrey Jansen, author of Zionism, Israel, and Asian nationalism (1971), wrote about the failure of Zionist lobbying with Gandhi:

“His opposition [to Zionism] remained consistent over a period of nearly 20 years and remained firm despite skilful and varied applications to him of that combination of pressure and persuasion known as lobbying, of which the Zionists are past masters.”

This is how Gandhi’s statement concludes (emphases added):

“…according to the accepted canons of right and wrong,
nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of
overwhelming odds
.

“Let the Jews who claim to be the chosen race prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth. Every country is their home, including Palestine, not by aggression but by loving service. A Jewish friend has sent me a book called The Jewish Contribution to Civilization by Cecil Roth. It gives a record of what the Jews have done to enrich the world’s literature, art, music, drama, science, medicine, agriculture, etc. Given the will, the Jew can refuse to be treated as the outcast of the West, to be despised or patronized. He can command the attention and respect of the world by being the chosen creation of God, instead of sinking to the brute who is forsaken by God. They can add to their many contributions the surpassing contribution of non-violent action.

You don’t have to be Einstein…
Jan 9th, 2009 by Syd Walker

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

You don’t have to be Einstein to understand the opportunity forgone, since the inception of Zionism, for all the people of Palestine to live together in peace – and the dangerous historical mistake that is the Jewish State of Israel.

I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from practical consideration, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain — especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a Jewish state.”

- Albert Einstein, in Ideas and Opinions, Crown Publishers, New York, 1954, p. 190

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