Saturday, March 04, 2006

Collective punishment?

We have heard many times over the years about curfews and checkpoints on the Palestinian people is a form of collective punishment. The interesting thing to me is the Muslim world seem to be collectively punishing a group of people for the actions of one or two people.
Take the Mohammed cartoons fiasco, because of one cartoonist being published in one newspaper, Denmark is being boycotted across the Muslim world.
Another example of this came recently in Israel.
On Friday a Jewish man and his Christian wife entered the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth disguised as pilgrims and proceed to throw firecrackers. Mayhem broke loose with tens of people being hurt. It subsequently appears that the Jewish man has a history of emotional problems and he and his wife were angry at having their children taken away from them.
Of course this is all irrelevant to many in the Muslim and Arab world as thousands marched in demonstration against this singular non-political act. Of course many of Israel's foes used this as an excuse to claim that this was part of a government or right-wing attack.
Hamas' designated Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniyeh says attack at the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth is result of 'a hate culture which Israel is feeding its public against the Palestinians' .
Arab MK Ahmed Tibi said,"In the State of Israel there's a unique disease that hurts only right-wingers and causes them to attack mosques, churches, and the Arab public," he said. "The disease is not known in the world and I, as a doctor, haven't encountered throughout my history."
Knesset Member Taleb el-Sana, meanwhile, suggested turning to the U.N. to protect Arab Israelis, accusing the government of "responsibility for the despicable act in Nazareth."
I personally don't know how a Jewish man married to an Arab Christian woman, who lived in the Palestinian Authority can be 'right-wing' but of course all Israelis are right-wing to some people. And to blame the government for the actions of two people is ludicrous, even if it had been a racist attack. By the same logic the Palestinians should all be blamed for the act of one suicide bomber. Of course that would be too logical.

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