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Meet Bibi Netanyahu's Refusenik Nephew Who Says That Israel Is An Apartheid State


World  (tags: middle-east, israel, palestine, arabs, apartheid, conscience, refusniks )

Lynn
- 763 days ago - alternet.org
Jonathan Ben-Artzi, ... is a young Israeli who refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, and was imprisoned for over a year for doing so. ... echoes ... many Israeli peace activists - a view almost totally missing from the discourse in this country.



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Lynn Squance (232)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:28 pm
This is a fairly long interview with Jonathan Ben-Artzi, nephew to Bibi Netanyahu. He gives his perspective to what he sees in Israel and what he sees in US-Israeli relations. To say that he is different from his esteemed uncle is an understatement. It is only right that we listen to all sides of an issue, for somewhere in the middle is the truth.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:44 pm

When you said a long interview, I got a pillow for my back and started reading. I thought it was rather short as interviews go. Though short, it was very interesting and I wish Jonathan Ben-Artzi had gone into more detail in many of his answers. I have said before that I fully agree with the suggestion that if things continue as they are, in 50 years things will be very different, both geographically and politically, in 50 years the population shift will not favor Israel.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 2:24 am
I agree that peace is the only option but I think that at the present situation, and it doesn't matter how we got there, young people cannot just decide not to serve in the army because they are pacifists. We just can't afford it. The reasons for terrible wars are many and many are not justifiable, but if everyone decided not to serve where would we be? It isn't fair that young soldiers should die (even though this may be wrong) while there are those who sit back and declare that they will not because they are pacifists.
 

Pat A. (117)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 3:26 am
A very intelligent, very principled young man - and I am much cheered that he said his family supported his decision not to go into the Israeli military. (I'm glad he's at Cambridge - though I was surprised to learn that he was at Tel Aviv university).
 

Danuta Watola (1199)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 3:50 am
noted
 

Joy Wong (75)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 5:06 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Huber F. (4)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 8:07 am
Didn't your momma tell you to do as your told.

Huber F.

 

Margaret Buyukkurt (7)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 7:55 am
Interesting article showing the other side of the coin A young man who sticks by his principles ...Bravo
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 12:09 am
indeed, he told the truth. It is sadly a war-mongering apartheid State. I hope the Israelis start pushing for peace and fair negotiation rather than doing their best to continue the war and the destruction of Palestinians. Netanyahu and his Zionists truly have a LOT to answer for since their inception.
 
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