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If someone else has posted reference to this here, I apologize, and we may scrap it; if not, this is not to be missed:

 

http://pajamasmedia.com/michaeltotten/2010/08/04/the-greatest-colle...

 

Here's a passage that stood out for me:

 . . . . There is also a great deal of criticism of Israel that isn’t criticism. Criticism implies a certain degree of rationality, analysis, and objectivity. Much of what is regarded as criticism is actually an assault. It is intended to wound and cause pain. It is intended to demonize. The way, for example, some people off-handedly accuse Israel of genocide, as if this is not even in question. This, to me, is obviously intended to be as hurtful as possible. I can’t even begin to explain to you how offensive the Nazi comparison is.

 

MJT: Try.

 

Benjamin Kerstein: It’s like a person who raped and murdered your child stands up in court and says you did it. That’s what it feels like. It’s difficult to even respond because it’s so unthinkably cruel to say something like that. To compare us to our worst enemies, enemies who decimated us, our fathers, our grandfathers within living memory—it’s not just that this isn’t within the realm of rational discourse, it isn’t even in the realm of human decency.

 

The entire piece is rich with honesty and worth a close reading and discussion.

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