Sunday, March 22, 2009

The world is starting to turn one way but Israel turns in the opposite direction


The Israeli authorities have prevented all events associated with al-Quds Arab Culture Capital 2009 celebration from occurring in what they consider to be Israeli sovereign territory. The harsh suppression of the cultural expression of Palestinians of which this action is indicative, reflects the very grim reality of the Israeli relationship to the Palestinian people, especially those with whom they live in close proximity. The Arab Culture Capital festival, which is celebrated in a different Arab city each year, hosts artists, officials and tourists from all over the Arabic-speaking world. The Israeli refusal to allow these cultural events to take place in Jerusalem and within Israel's borders sends a blunt and clear message, not only to Palestinians, but to all Arabs. The message is: We do not intend to acknowledge your rights or your presence here, ever.


At 6:17 AM, Blogger Frank Partisan said...

I wonder considering the timing of Israel's action, without the government settled, if that is pandering?

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Pandering to what, Ren?


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