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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #922, October 12, 2018: Robert Fisk spent the day with Gideon Levy, Israel’s most controversial Israeli journalist

Publication date : 2018-10-12

As a persistent critic of Israel and the wickedness of its colonial land theft and its vile eatment of the Palestinians, I find myself curiously at odds with Levy – not so much because of his condemnation of journalists, but of his pessimism.

Would Israeli readers really be more interested in the death of an Israeli dog than the slaughter of 20 Palestinians?

Talk to the average young Israeli : an European waiter will speak better English.

Robert Fisk spent the day with Gideon Levy, Israel’s most controversial Israeli journalist

As a persistent critic of Israel and the wickedness of its colonial land theft and its vile eatment of the Palestinians, I find myself curiously at odds with Levy – not so much because of his condemnation of journalists, but of his pessimism. Would Israeli readers really be more interested in the death of an Israeli dog than the slaughter of 20 Palestinians? Talk to the average young Israeli : an European waiter will speak better English.

Knowledge of the Holocaust and foreign travel for a young Israeli “will be mainly an experience of a trip with their high school to Auschwitz, where you are being told about nothing else but military power; and that Israel has the right to do whatever it wants after the Holocaust.. “And Israel is very nationalistic and very right wing and very religious – much more than you think – and the Israeli government is a very good reflection of the Israeli people. And Netanyahu’s the best presenter of Israel. Power, power and power – maintaining the status quo for ever, not believing in the Arabs at all. Not believing in any kind of settlement with the Arabs, ever. And living only on our sword, a total state of war.”

Relations with the US are easy. “I’m not sure people are aware now how much Netanyahu dictates American policy. Anything that is decided now – UNRWA the United Nations Relief and Works Agen(..), all the cuts – it comes from Israel. Trump couldn’t care less. You think he knew what UNRWA was before (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) ? Racism is now politically correct.” So where did it all go wrong? “First of all, in 1967, that’s the greatest sin. It all starts there. And if you want, you can say 1948 – because 1948 never stopped in 1948. We could really have opened a new chapter.” There are still examples of great men, he insists, even in the world after the Second World War. Mandela, for example. Adapted from: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gideon-levy-robert-fisk-haaretz-israel-palestine-gaza-a8557691.html

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