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Mar 17, 2013

I had grown up in the USA watching the movie Exodus, respecting the proud Mosha Dayan, honoring Golda Meir as a strong and just woman, honoring Israel's technological success in turning the desert into fertile land, a bit confused about Isael's socialist almost communist agendes, eg. kibbutz since the USA was in the cold war against socialism. However, this was the image of Israel that was given to the Americans as Israel became a nation. Arabs were little discussed and it seemed fair to Americans that after the holcaust in Europe, Jews be given a nation where they could be secure and not persecuted. It was said it wasn't a lot of land for Israel and the Arab population would have their own land - less of course, and the Arabs could live as their own nation as the same for Israel.

Ok, this was the story told the American people and supported by Hollywood, the government and newsmedia. Remember this was way before the internet or even sophisticated satellite communications.

When Arab nations attacked Israel this was seen as unfair to Israel and America supported Israel's right to exist. And this story continues to be told.

I believed this story. I believed that the Iraeli people were a just people wanting to be fair yet firm with thier Arab neighbors.

However, now, I see that story as a myth. Now I see after reading reports from international organizations, reports from Israel, and the actions of Israel in it's attacks on Gaza now and before, Israel is a nation in the grips of anti-Arab racism and Zionism and it is de-sensitized to the suffering of the Palestinian people. While is is, of course, not the only reality in the complex situation which has unfolded over the past fifty years or so, it is, I believe, a major variablr in the present conflict.

Today, in the news, is about the Palestinian doctor whose three daughters were killed in their home. This man had worked tirelessly to build bridges between Israel and Palestine. Even as this man was being interviewed, in his grief and shock of having lost his only three children, some Isaerlis shouted at him to go back to Hamas, etc.

My story of Israel has been re-written. I now see the dark side of Israel clearly. It is not a new dark side for nations - racism- but it is a horrible darkside because the people who are disciminated against are seen as sub-human, evil, worthless except for contempt or worse.

We in the USA know of Racism and it's ugly manifestation and consequences. But, fortunately, we have had the strength of some to help us understand and fight against this stupidity. And in the soul of America, there has been a response of confirmation to those calls to stop racism.

However, right now, I don't see that happening in Israel and the consequences are an almost total destruction of way of life of a people living a what is called Palestine.

I don't believe the old story anymore. A new disturbing story has become clear. Now, for us who are disturbed by such things as injustice and racism and specifically Zionism, we must continue to tell the accurate story of what is going on in Israel.


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Posted: Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:47 am
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Sarah Islam-mukherjee (1)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 3:35 am
Dear Rodger
Just like you I also grew up watching the positive side of Israel (Golda Meir, injustice through the ages and culminating with the holocauset, etc) and like you I also see the dark side of Israel now. Good job! Keep writing, we need more writers like you

Rodger Ricketts (63)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 9:13 am
When I wrote that blog I did so with a heavy heart. Not so much for the loss of my old myth replaced by a more sinister reality- in regards to Israel - but more importantly my hope for a just peace for the Palestinian people and the world is now dashed. This is my greatest saddness. Now I believe their fate is truly in the hands of a government- no nation- that holds no international responsibility and in the end wants to get rid of the "problem" of Palestine in next to anyway possible. Remember when it was the PLO and Yasser Arafat. Same situation- Israeli tanks, bombs, killing of many innocent people because they said Arafat was an extremist even though the website - not a pro-Arab site- says "Yasar Arafat will likely be best remembered for two things. He lead Palestinians towards the acceptance of Israel and he kindled the idea of a two-state solution between Israel and a future Palestinian state."
So I think that the example are clear in my group Israel abuses of Arab/Palestine, which again, I started to figure out how Israel could kill so many innocents and then wash their hands by blaming Hamas. Collective punishment of all types with the most extreme being death, is against international law. The closure of Gaza was neither a siege, nor a blockade, nor an economic sanction it
was an illegal act of collective punishment and stands in violation of both international
and Israeli law.66-5807 This is clear but the Israeli lobby in the USA is too strong to allow for a fair hearing on this issue. But we most speak out for as in conflicts in the past we said - if your not part of the solution, your part of the problem.


Rodger Ricketts
male, age 63, married, 2 children
Park Ridge, IL, USA
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