Tuesday, November 20, 2012

[ePalestine] Independent (UK): Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?

The Independent (UK)

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic? 

For three decades, the writer and journalist Gideon Levy has been a lone voice, telling his readers the truth about what goes on in the Occupied Territories. 

Interview by Johann Hari 

Friday 24 September 2010

"The historian Isaac Deutscher once offered an analogy for the creation of the state of Israel. A Jewish man jumps from a burning building, and he lands on a Palestinian, horribly injuring him. Can the jumping man be blamed? Levy’s father really was running for his life: it was Palestine, or a concentration camp. Yet Levy says that the analogy is imperfect – because now the jumping man is still, sixty years later, smashing the head of the man he landed on against the ground, and beating up his children and grandchildren too. “1948 is still here. 1948 is still in the refugee camps. 1948 is still calling for a solution,” he says. “Israel is doing the very same thing now... dehumanising the Palestinians where it can, and ethnic cleansing wherever it’s possible. 1948 is not over. Not by a long way.”"

LONG, but well worth the read... http://bit.ly/GideonLevy


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