Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Well, not exactly. While the Palestinian line on CNN and the BBC is that the occupation is the problem, the thorn which must be removed from their side before there can be peace, this is a lie which obfuscates deeper, implacable demands. For the Palestinian Memorial Day siren mourns not the occupation and its toll, but Israel's very existence.
They don't protest the occupation, they protest Israel's existence. If this is how they try to inspire confidence in the underlying idea of Land for Peace, it's going to be a long, long negotiation. In the meantime, when you are told that terrorism is caused by the events of 1967, that Palestinian grievance is with occupation, remember what the Palestinian siren's wail means to them: Israel should not exist.
The Palestinians are planning to mark Israel's Independence Day by sounding a siren as an expression of mourning. The siren will be sounded throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip at noon on Sunday, and Palestinians have been asked to stand still for one minute to protest the establishment of Israel.
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