Don't Blame 'Both Sides' for Israel-Palestine Conflict
At this point, Israel's occupation of Palestine is just wrong, Max Fisher argues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2014 4:55 PM CDT
Israeli soldiers patrol during a military operation to search for three missing teenagers outside the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, June 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

(Newser) – Americans like to pretend that the Israel-Palestine conflict "exists in a sort of suspended animation," just waiting for a diplomatic breakthrough. But the truth is that the conflict is active—as evidenced by the current flare-up, which has seen Israel arrest hundreds and severely restrict Palestinian movement in Hebron, in response to the kidnapping of three teens. To Palestinians, it "looks an awful lot like collective punishment," which is banned under the Geneva Conventions, observes Max Fisher at Vox. Which highlights a fundamental truth about the conflict: The suffering is disproportionately being inflicted by Israel on Palestinians.

Fisher was in Hebron just before the kidnappings, and witnessed all manner of abuses the Palestinans there are subjected to by Israeli settlers—who, for example, are said to toss trash from their windows onto a Palestinian market below. Many Israelis blissfully ignore this, while others see it as a beneficial status quo. "This makes the Palestinians the frequent instigator, as with Thursday's kidnapping," Fisher writes, "but Israelis' disproportionately greater power ... makes them the cause of on-net greater suffering." There is always blame to go around in this conflict, but "this is an issue that looks less gray all the time: the occupation is wrong, it is the problem, and Israel is responsible." Click for his full column.

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Jun 19, 2014 12:20 PM CDT
I want to see Israel as free of "Palestinians" as Poland, Egypt ,Morocco and Iraq are free of Jews! Baghdad was once 40% Jewish. Poland was once 10% Jewish. The conflict will continue until most hostile Arabs are removed from Jewish soil once and for all.
Jun 18, 2014 10:42 PM CDT
>While it's accurate to say that 'both sides' participate in this awful cycle, it is utterly disproportionate. Only the Palestinians are under military occupation.< Too bad this Max Fisher wasn't born in a DP camp or wasn't in a concentration camp himself. He's the kind of Jew who is only happy when he's on a line leading into the "showers." But I agree that those Arabs shouldn't be under occupation. They should be on the other side of the Jordan river. There are 21 lovely Arab states for them.
Jun 18, 2014 7:16 PM CDT
"The Jews, I find, are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as Displaced Persons as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I've found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes." Harry Truman, 1947 And you can call me..................Mr Joshua