News You Really Need To See: “Some Israelis Count Open Discourse and Dissent Among Gaza War Casualties”

“Some Israelis Count Open Discourse and Dissent Among Gaza War Casualties”

The New York Times, August 6, 2014, p.A9

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/middleeast/in-israel-open-dissent-is-among-the-gaza-war-casualties.html

At a recent demonstration in Tel Aviv against Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, counterdemonstrators chanted ‘Death to the left!’ along with the more commonly heard ‘Death to Arabs!’  Afterward, some of the right-wingers beat some of the leftists — using large poles that had held Israeli flags.  The Israel Broadcasting Authority blocked B’Tselem, a human rights group, from running a paid radio advertisement reading the names and ages of Palestinian children killed in Gaza.  Bar-Ilan University rebuked a professor who expressed empathy for all the war’s victims in an email to students. … In Israel, open discourse and dissent appear to be among the casualties of the monthlong war in Gaza, according to stalwarts of what is known as the Zionist left — Israelis who want the country to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and help create a sovereign Palestinian state.  Israeli politics have been drifting rightward for years, and many see that trend sharpening and solidifying now.  Several polls find that as many as nine out of 10 Israeli Jews back the prosecution of the war by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  When that support slipped a bit last week, it seemed to be because more people wanted an even more aggressive assault on Hamas, the militant Islamist faction that dominates Gaza.”

Quickie Analysis:  This phenomenon is not exactly new, but with every iteration it becomes more mainstream.  RIP Zionist Left.

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