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ISRAEL'S SHAME

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Palestinians Suffer for the Sins of Others

PALESTINE'S FUTURE - Deheishe Refugee Camp, 2005
PALESTINE'S FUTURE - Deheishe Refugee Camp, 2005
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"We enthusiastically chose to become a colonial society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the occupied territories, engaging in theft and finding justification for all these activities.

Passionately desiring to keep the occupied territories, we developed two judicial systems: one - progressive, liberal - in Israel; and the other - cruel, injurious - in the occupied territories.

In effect, we established an apartheid regime in the occupied territories immediately following their capture. That oppressive regime exists to this day."

-- Former Israeli Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair, 2002

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My boyhood occurred during an era when Jewish delicatessens, not McDonald's or Burger Kings, were the norm in many neighborhoods of Boston, particularly mine -- Roxbury -- which, until the late 1960's, was a predominantly Jewish enclave. So, as it turned out, my earliest exposure to persons of the Jewish faith was largely a product of my fondness for the outstanding kosher hot dogs my friends and I regularly devoured at Max Andrews.

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