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Israeli forces approach one of six ships bound for Gaza.

I was deeply saddened at the events that led to the Adjournment Debate on the recent actions of the Israeli government. My regret was not only about the assault on the ships bearing assistance to the people of Gaza, and the resultant loss of life. It was also for the death of an ideal that had its roots in the suffering the Jewish people underwent during the Second World War.

 That suffering was perhaps the strongest image imprinted on the world after that War, and it led to the creation of the State of Israel.  Even for us in the Third World then, for a quarter of a century after Israel was created, the dominant discourse was that of compensation for what the Jews had endured, and the imperative that a safe haven be created for them. We saw here a repeat of the story of David and Goliath, the brave stripling standing up against a much stronger and more brutal enemy, and triumphing through skill and courage.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Rajiva Wijesinha

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