Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Guardian Columnist Wants Thoughts On Article Emailed To Him

Slavoj Zizek complains about the eviction of Palestinians from their houses that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, saying that:
"Although Israeli police cited a ruling by the country's supreme court, the evicted Arab families had been living there for more than 50 years".
Yes, but illegally. And they had forged the ownership documents they represented to the court. They're lucky they weren't jailed for that. Zizek says Israel had planned to build 70,000 new homes in settlements, and somehow conjure up some 300,000 people to live there. He says this whilst at the same time Netanyahu has already started freezing settlement expansion. And he calls the wall, painted on the Israeli side with grass and trees which 'imagines empty land waiting to be settled', a a symbol of "ethnic cleansing". If only the ethnic cleansing in the Holocaust had just been a wall. If only people hadn't acted on the imagined idea of ridding the world of Jews. He then mentions "the gradual strangling of the Palestinian economy, the parcelling up of their land, the building of new settlements". But forgets to mention Israel's destruction of new settlements, or how the Palestinian economy is among the highest in the Arab world. Zizek then goes too far when he says -
"Palestinians often use the problematic cliché of the Gaza strip as 'the greatest concentration camp in the world'. However, in the past year, this designation has come dangerously close to truth."
Not really so problematic for him to say, then. Finally, he concludes:
"Taking all this into account in no way implies sympathy for inexcusable terrorist acts. On the contrary, it provides the only ground from which one can condemn the terrorist attacks without hypocrisy."
Yet he chooses to ignore that fact that that terrorism is bred by the very act of giving Palestinians land. (See - Gaza) With all the biased rubbish I comment on from the Guardian's online comment section, this one actually made it into the paper. There's an email address for him at the end of the article, so please email him your thoughts at szizek@yahoo.com.

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