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* Why does Palestine receive more attention and outcry than the DR of Congo?
Posted by Anton [User Info] [Email User] on November 25, 2010, 1:05 am
I'm not saying Israeli colonialism isn't worthy of a lot of attention by the way- just curious.
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o Good question.
Posted by rippon [User Info] [Email User] on November 25, 2010, 1:57 am, in reply to "Why does Palestine receive more attention and outcry than the DR of Congo?"
Yes, good question.
I too have wondered about DR Congo - not, why don't we hear more about it in mainstream media?, but, why don't we hear more from left-wing media?
Moreover, why don't we hear more about other military occupations?
For example, I understand that the Sinhalese occupation/control of Tamil territories in Sri Lanka is quite analogous to Israel-Palestine.
For another example, surely we should hear more about the military occupation of Kashmir.
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+ As a Canadian - Israel's crimes are very extravangantly supported by my government
Posted by emersberger [User Info] [Email User] on November 25, 2010, 3:17 am, in reply to "Good question."
as they are by numerous rich countries and that alone justifies making Israeli crimes a very high priority.
Another thing, related to the first, is that Israel's defiance of international law is off the charts. Steve Shalom recently noted
" Israel has been criticized, condemned, and censured by the Security Council -- including by the United States -- more than any other country in the world: for its military attacks on its neighbors, for its annexation of territory, for its refusal to apply the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Territories, for refusing to withdraw its troops, for taking hostages, for deporting civilians, for seizing a civilian airliner, and on and on. [For details, see Appendix.]
Is there a double standard? Absolutely. But the double standard is in Israel's favor. Why? Because no other nation with such a record of violations of international law and of the resolutions of the Security Council and other UN bodies has been as immune as Israel from Security Council sanctions....
# Covering DRC
Posted by fugazi [User Info] on November 25, 2010, 6:40 am, in reply to "As a Canadian - Israel's crimes are very extravangantly supported by my government"
I have been to DRC recently. It is not a functioning country. Why is there little coverage coming out of it?
1. It is French speaking, little seems to get translated.
2. It is a huge country with little infrastructure. See this account of driving from Zambia to Kinshasa:
3. It is extremely corrupt and fairly dangerous. If your seen with a camera it will be confiscated, and you need to pay a bribe to get it back. Taking any picture requires paying a bribe before you can do so.
4. There are at least 3 foreign armies occupying different parts of DRC, Kinshasa does not control most of the DRC.
etc etc etc etc etc..... ;-(
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o "They're White Just Like Us . . . "
Posted by Ken Waldron [User Info] [Email User] on November 25, 2010, 9:24 am, in reply to "Why does Palestine receive more attention and outcry than the DR of Congo?"
My friends daughter who is currently ay Oxford tells me the Israeli's students there claim this too:
"They're White Just Like Us . . . "
"They're white just like us and the people they're killing . . . are Arabs."
This bit of erudition came, with a shrug of the shoulders, at the end of the first session of the newly-formed Russell Tribunal on Palestine. It was not a part of the official record because it was stated in the anteroom, just off the auditorium of the elegantly-appointed Barcelona Lawyers Building where the Tribunal was held. The person making this comment was not an official expert witness--but he was a European who understood the mindset that made Europeans complicit, not only in Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people, but also in Israel's impunity.