ACTION ALERT – WRITE TO THE GUARDIAN
Last Saturday’s Guardian magazine (27th January) in its feature on ‘Brits abroad’, ran a section on living in Israel which you can read online (http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,,1998282,00.html).
Some points you may wish to raise (email email@example.com )
1) “Emigration for Jews to Israel is relatively easy – but for non-Jews it can be very difficult.” What about the millions of Palestinians expelled to form Israel. Point out the insensitivity of publishing this kind of feature – Israel predicated on the expulsion of others etc.
2) “Ideologically, Britons are more likely to be found on the collective kibbutz than the religious settlement on the West Bank.” They may be religious, but they are illegal – why not pointed out by the Guardian – surely people should know that? Also, this perpetuates the age-old myth that kibbutzes are acceptable and moral, rather than built typically on stolen land etc.
3) One emigrant featured “… .served in Gaza, around Khan Yunis and the Jewish settlements of Gush Katif” How nice – readers of this article could be Brits abroad, serving in an illegal occupation army and oppressing another people.
4) “(kibbutz ) Kfar Hanassi is also becoming overshadowed by its Arab neighbour, Tuba-Zangaria, which, with 6,000 people, is 10 times bigger.” As if the Arab town is somehow an interloper, threatening innocent Jewish settlers, rather than the reverse.
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