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Paul Larkin

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Can we start thinking about the children of Palestine?

Today (14th of July 2006) the English Guardian has published commentary by Jonathan Spyer (a pro Bush/Israeili senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Centre in Israel). The article can be read by following the link below. Below the link, you can read my response to Spyer's article.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/
story/0,,1820282,00.html

Can we start thinking about the children of Palestine?
Jonathan Spyer is simply regurgitating the crude mantra which now passes for US/UK policy in the middle east. This policy is crude, and anti intellectual, because it blithely accepts the oppression of the Palestinian people as a given. In this scenario, there is never a wider context for pro Palestinian actions in the region. Spyer ‘s article demonstrates this perfectly. Hizbollah commits “acts of war”, whilst Israel has every right, according to Spyer’s argument, to continue its economic strangulation of Palestine and to pound Gaza and other areas because Palestinians have the effrontery to resist oppression.

As an Irish person, it is the attitude of the wider labour movement in England to these events that depresses me the most. The whole of the leadership of the English labour movement has joined forces with a right wing military axis which will protect the interests of capital in the middle east by whatever means necessary. As far as I can see there has been very little reaction from the rank and file to Blair’s pro-capital Crusade. Does Labour in England have a socialist conscience any more? In effect, the fraught, and often endangered, lives of Palestinian children, going to the shops, working with their families on small plots of land, trying to attend school or college, are the lives of terrorised hostages in the fight for pro-western hegemony in what was once one of the cradles of civilisation.

To paraphrase an Irish rebel song - "And they dare to call them terrorists while they rain down their bombs".

Paul Larkin
Dublin
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Title: Can we start thinking about the children of Palestine?
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