Magazine article Canadian Speeches

Jews and Arabs

Magazine article Canadian Speeches

Jews and Arabs

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If someone has a conscience, it doesn't matter if he is a Jew or Arab.

Zarifa Dakruk, a 68-year-old resident of Salfit, a Palestinian village on Israel's disputed West Bank, welcomes a team of visiting Israeli physicians from Physicians for Human Rights/Israel, who defy more than 15 months of violence, hatred and fear between Jews and Palestinians. Because Salfit is a blockaded village, normal medical services have been disrupted. To reach the village, the visiting doctors had to avoid Israeli Army roadblocks, travelling on back roads and a tortuous dirt track.

Quoted by Joel Greenberg in "Doctors From Israel Give Aid to Arabs, New York Times, January 20, 2002.


Depriving people of the right to equality and freedom, and keeping them under occupation is, by definition, an anti-democratic act. The occupation that has now lasted a generation and rules the lives of more than 3.5 million Palestinians is what drives me, hundreds of other objectors in the armed forces, and tens of thousands of Israeli citizens to oppose our government' s policies and actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Ishai Menuchin, a major in the Israeli Defence Forces reserve and chairman of Yesh Gvul, a movement by soldiers who refuse to participate in selective military actions against Palestinians, and who oppose Israel's 35-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"Saying No to Israel's Occupation," New York Times, March 9.

Moral assasination

It is the most efficient and moral act of war. You are fighting directly those who are involved in terrorism, not bombing indiscriminately or using heavy weapons as was necessary to hit Hezbollah outposts in Lebanon. Here we have much more control, greater intelligence and the ability to act.

Dr. Ely Karmon of Israel-based International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, defending Israel's assasination of Falestinians which it claims to have identified as terrorists. The Israeli government does not refer to the killings as assasinations but as "targeted thwarting."

Quoted by Samantha M. Shapiro, New York Times Magazine, December 9, 2001.

Islamic domination

It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.

Hassan al-Banna, founder of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. The largest Islamic movement in the Arab world, the Brotherhood advocates a theocratic Islamic state. …

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