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May 15, 2012

Oren: We Must Stand by the Facts

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In The Wall Street Journal today, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren wrote about the "systematic delegitimization of the Jewish state":

Having failed to destroy Israel by conventional arms and terrorism, Israel's enemies alit on a subtler and more sinister tactic that hampers Israel's ability to defend itself, even to justify its existence.

It began with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat's 1974 speech to the U.N., when he received a standing ovation for equating Zionism with racism—a view the U.N. General Assembly endorsed the following year. It gained credibility on college campuses through anti-Israel courses and "Israel Apartheid Weeks." It burgeoned through the boycott of Israeli scholars, artists and athletes, and the embargo of Israeli products. It was perpetuated by journalists who published doctored photos and false Palestinian accounts of Israeli massacres.

Israel must confront the acute dangers of delegitimization as it did armies and bombers in the past. Along with celebrating our technology, pioneering science and medicine, we need to stand by the facts of our past.

Emphasis is ours. If you can get past the pay wall, you can read it here.

Posted by GI at May 15, 2012 03:27 PM

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Some would say Orens' right cause is lost:

"...They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell..."

Psalms 115.
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A recommended read.

Posted by: ofer at May 16, 2012 11:28 AM

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