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  1. Thank you, Richard. What a world.

    I’m reading Elias Khoury’s Gate of the Sun, not easy going; the tales go back and forth and repeat. Some of the stories from ’48 are quite horrible. It would be interesting to compare the historical work of Benny Morris with the stories in Gate of the Sun. The founding of the State of Israel was a bloody, brutal affair.

    Let me add that I’ve discovered some records on the internet of my white American ancestors in the South; they wrote to each other with pride of exterminating Indians threatening their plantation lands in Georgia and Texas. I don’t think Israelis were and are more brutal than other people, they’re just doing it in the age of mass communications.

  2. Benny Morris is a strange figure. On the one hand, he’s one of the foremost chroniclers of Israeli crimes against Arabs in the founding of the State. On the other, he’s one of greatest academic apologists & defenders of such behavior.

    I agree w. you that the crimes of the current Middle East have been replicated throughout human history (& in our own nation, as you say). The ancient Israelites (and many other ancient peoples) engaged in wars of extermination against their neighboring enemies. We are a bloody species, no doubt about it.

  3. The IDF soldiers raped many times needy Palestinian women.

    Prove it. I don’t know whether what you say is true or false, but until you provide evidence I refuse to concede what you say is true.

    Palestinians have legitimate grievances against the IDF. But when you so overstate yr case (what does Chernobyl have do to w. anything??) as to verge on the unbelievable, you do the Palestinian cause a disservice.

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