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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 06:20:02 PM EST
Dangerous Deceptions and Outright Lies: Language in the War on Gaza

Other statements made by Israeli and other world leaders, that may appear to be true, and that continue to be taken at face value, are in reality dangerously deceptive. Their aim is to justify Israeli politics regarding violence towards Palestinians, actions in support of the current war, or inaction in stopping it. Careful examination of a few of these will expose the ways in which such statements operate.

Dictionary of Deception

Probably the most repeated statement proffered by Israeli politicians and their supporters is that Hamas and Palestinians in general deny the Israeli state's "right to exist." This statement entirely ignores--and diverts attention away from--the unquestionable reality that Israel has existed as a state since 1948 and continues to exist, whether or not Hamas or anyone else objects to it.

At the same time, the Israeli complaint occludes the reality that it is Palestine whose right to exist as a state has long been denied. Although the majority of world governments have recognized Palestinian statehood, the State of Palestine has only an observer status in the UN. This is so because Israel and the United States, Canada, Australia, and an absolute majority of  European states have refused to recognize Palestinian statehood.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 06:21:35 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 11:08:45 PM EST
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Jonathan Greenblatt's racist keffiyeh smear is another chapter in the ADL's war on Palestinians | Mondoweiss |

Rather than a symbol of hate, the Palestinian keffiyeh is a source of pride.

The keffiyeh or hatta is a traditional Palestinian headdress. It is synonymous with Palestinians and symbolizes Palestinians' connections to fishing, olive trees, and our homeland. 

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I found these unchallenged comments repugnant, outrageous, and dangerous. In the days following the appearance, no one in the mainstream media nor any politicians demanded an apology.

Greenblatt's racist smear and his deliberate equation of Palestinian symbols with white supremacy didn't seem to pose any controversy even though they promote hate and could instigate violence against anyone who supports the Palestinian people. The intentional omission of Palestinian voices in the traditional media allows this kind of racism and false allegation to spread.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 11:09:51 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 11:11:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 11:12:58 PM EST
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