Monday, 20 July 2009

It's Self-Hating-Seth Again!

This time, in his Guardian column, Seth Freedman moans about Israel's 'cynical' cellcom advert, that, he says, "makes light of the West Bank barrier". I personally like the ad, it's fun. As for the fence part, well I'm sure whichever Palestinian on the other side is kicking the ball back and forth is having a good time too. It's sad but true that the situation is that they have to play with a wall between them. Freedman though, compares the ad to the idea of a Palestinian florists' ad showing flowers flying over Gaza like rockets and landing in vases in Israeli homes. There's a difference though. The rockets are aimed to kill Israeli civilians. The wall is not there to kill anyone, just to prevent the deaths of innocent Israelis, in which it has, thank G-d, succeeded. But that doesn't seem to matter to Freedman, only that the advert ignores:
"That the wall is detested by millions of Palestinians, has been ruled wholly illegal by an international court, and has been proved to be a tool for blatant and brazen theft of Palestinian land".
There's no denying that it must be very unpleasant living behind that wall, but, and I truly am sorry to sound so callous here, it's simple really: don't do the crime if you can't do the time. The Palestinians should have thought about the consequences of their actions before they decided to blow up hundreds of Israelis. When you think about it really, they got off quite lightly. It's just a wall. It's an ugly wall, it's a nuisance, it isn't nice. But it isn't killing anybody. So here's the advert.

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