By Eli Ajzenman
Nov. 20, 2008
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire says the United Nations should suspend or revoke Israel’s membership.
Maguire says Israel should be punished for ignoring a series of United Nations resolutions over the years. Maguire won the 1976 peace prize for her work with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
She is visiting the Palestinian territories to protest Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel virtually sealed off the territories after the Hamas took over there in 2007. The closure tightened two weeks ago in response to Hamas rocket fire on Israeli border communities.
Maguire told a news conference Thursday that it’s time for the international community to take action against Israel.
Last month, Maguire and 27 international protesters sailed into the Gaza Strip in the “Free Gaza” boat to bring attention to Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory.
This was a small piece in the Jerusalem Post on line today. I wonder if she makes the same requests of many other nations currently engaged in actual human rights violations. I wonder if she requests the British Government to hand back Northern Ireland, or for Russia to withdraw from Georgia
The list is endless and I could go on, but we as Jews know all this. Israel has had more sanctions in the UN since its inception than any country in the world, not bad for a piece of dirt hardly bigger than metropolitan and country Victoria.
Somehow Israel is a special case. Israel must live by other rules , not the same as the rest of the world.
How do we as Jews living in the Diaspora, deal with constant attack on the one place we can and hopefully one call home. Does it bother us? What do we, as individuals do to detail and inform those around us. To tell those that might read such an article, coupled with this persons claim to fame, as a license to judge, as to the gross inequalities of the constant and unending criticism? Do we actually care?
Can it be that we are so engrossed, so comfortable with our lives, that we dismiss such demands as merely another Israel/Jew basher? One that will merely disappear and we can go on with our daily duties, hanging out at coffee shops, discussing such issues as if they did not relate to us.
Have we picked up a pen or logged on to a web site and made our disgust quite clear and loud.
I suspect most of have not. Time perhaps we did something. With the world falling into depression and long term crisis, that perhaps the spectre of a pre-war Germany albeit in global terms, may see more real, than some insignificant Poet laureate simply flexing her 15 minutes of glory.
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