Warren Kinsella highlighted some NDP discussion called “Solidarity with Palestine and the boycott of Israeli apartheid”: NDP LINKS ISRAEL TO “APARTHEID”, and seems upset.
Look, I get it. Some people want to support Israel and defend it’s right to exist, and right to defend itself, etc. Call it noble or misguided, whatever you want, but at its core it’s at least a defensible position. What I’ve never been able to understand is why some of these fervent supporters feel the need to check their brains at the door while doing so.
You really want to get into an argument about whether Israels treatment of Palestinians counts as apartheid? Apartheid is the least of your worries. ”War crimes” and/or “Crimes against humanity” are brought up enough to at least be on the table for discussion. Yes, I know, it’s an ultra-complex situation and honestly neither side is right. But, I’d never understand how any objective person could look at the situation (decades of oppression, living under a gun, blockades, etc) and not have ideas like “war crimes” pop into their head. Sure, I’d say whoever is orchestrating the killing of Israeli civilians (if anyone) with suicide bombs and rockets would qualify under the same category. But, we all know it’s a bit different when considering the oppressor (with the powerful military) versus the oppressed.