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|4 years ago :: May 21, 2012 - 2:38PM #1|
Back in April of this year, there was a "flytilla" of protestors who flew into Ben Gurion Airport in Israel dealing with the alleged treatment of Palestinians by the Israelis. When they arrived at the airport, they were handed a letter that had a text that ran as follows:
We appreeciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. We know there were other worldly choices. You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime's daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives. You could have chosen to protest the Iranian's regime's brutal crackdown on dissent and support for terrorism throughout the world; or Hamas' rule in Gaza where terrorist organizations commit a double war crime by firing rockets at civilians and hiding behind civilians.
But instead you chose to protest Israel, the Middle East's sole democracy, where women are equal, the press criticizes the government, human rights organizations can operate freely, religious freedom is protected for all, and minorities do not live in fear.
We therefore suggest that you first solve the real problems of the region and then come back and share with us your experience.
Have a nice flight.
[text and commentary is found in "Moment" magazine, May-June, 2012, p. 20]