Thursday, March 13, 2008

'Collateral damage'

Its not often I find a quote that manages to explode multiple Likudnik/Kachnik/Chardalnik myths at once.

From Haaretz:
In another part of Jabalya, Dib Dardouna's 11-year-old son, Dardouna, was one of the four children killed by a missile while playing soccer on February 27. Dib was having tea on the terrace when he received the news of what had happened. In spite of this, her husband was still talking of peace with Israel.

"I don't hate the Israelis," Dardouna says. "We are cousins."

As a day laborer in Israel back in the 1980s and '90s, he helped build Moshe atsav's house in Kiryat Malakhi. Katsav brought the workers food and Coca-Cola and Dib shook his hand. Dardouna also met former foreign minister David Levy when he built an office building in Petah Tikva.

"I want those days to come back," he says. "I want us to live together. I think we have had enough killed."
Here are some of the claims and promises this snippet discredits:

(1) All Arabs and all Muslims hate all Jews completely.
(2) The IDF aims its missiles with absolute precision
(3) The only Arab civilians the IDF ever harms are those who let themselves be used as human shields
(4) Israeli Arabs desperately wish to join their Arab "brothers" in other lands.
(5) Arabs, by nature, are murderous, barbarous, impossible people.


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