Jerusalem prize recipient criticises his critics


By Anonymous
January 27, 2011
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/26/critics-should-respect-my-de...

Recipient of the Jerusalem prize slams those who do not respect others' opinions. The pro-'Palestinian' side sees their opinion as the only one possible. As well as 'Palestinians' themselves, they have a curious respect for democracy, free-speech and freedom of thinking.

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mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 16:11

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It's a good letter, although I also heard a quote in which he said:

"I am neither pro-Hamas or pro-Settler movement."

Drawing moral equivalence between the two is reprehensible.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 16:22

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Even if that quote was confirmed, he would have put both in the same sentence but that does not imply that they are similar.
I don't like oisters and I don't like antisemitism, but one is not related to the other, although I don't see in what exceptional circumstance I would mention the two in the same sentence!


mattpryor

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 16:28

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Or maybe he's suggesting that people who are opposed to the settler movement support Hamas? Whatever, I'm not going to lose sleep over it!

Good for him, anyway.


Yoni1

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 17:40

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"Drawing moral equivalence between the two is reprehensible"

That struck me too at the time, Matt.

Jose, don't talk such nonsense. Would you be saying the same thing if he said: "I don't like Nazis, but I don't like settlers either?".


jose (not verified)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 18:37

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Would you be saying the same thing if he said: "I don't like Nazis, but I don't like settlers either?".

I never speak about a quote without knowing the context. That's a difference between us.


mattpryor

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 12:31

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Jose - Here is where I found the quote:

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/having-it-both-ways

And you're right, there isn't much context. It still struck me as worrying.

I never speak about a quote without knowing the context. That's a difference between us.

But it's a minor one. Far more unites you.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 22:59

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I never speak about a quote without knowing the context. That's a difference between us.

But it's a minor one.

Intellectually speaking, no.

The typical example of a quote taken out of context (by antisemites) is that quote of Ben Gurion:

If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only the numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of Israel.

Quoted by Martin Gilbert in the New York Times in 1987.
Now imagine if that would have been written post WW II, as the antisemites pretend (it was written before 1938, of course).

So even if the text is clearly understandable, the dating of it makes a big difference. Let's not even mention the cases where quotes are distorted, meaning inverted or even totally fabricated.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 07:27

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Another example is exposed in a JC article:
http://www.thejc.com/gaza/44365/death-threats-over-israelis-gaza-film

Just translate "clear" or "clean" into "cleanse" and you've got a perfect case of blood libel going!


Yoni1

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 09:25

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"I never speak about a quote without knowing the context. That's a difference between us"

What a self-important little prick you are.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 10:07

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What a self-important little prick you are.

Well, compared to you, I surely am, but in easy victories, there's no glory.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 16:15

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Now, now, boys...all 4 of you are pretty.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 01/29/2011 - 16:21

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Now, now, boys...all 4 of you are pretty.

Can't really say the same thing about you, Myopic! Antisemitism always look ugly to me!

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