IMRA Weekly Commentary..
13 May '15..
“Palestinians deserve an end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it; they deserve to live in an independent, sovereign state, where they can give their children a life of dignity and opportunity.”
President Barack Obama interviewed by Asharq Al-Awsat Wednesday, 13 May, 2015
President Obama mentions “dignity” twice in one sentence.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that “dignity” is some noble criteria. A purely positive and innocent requirement.
Because basically any security measure can be interpreted as being undignified.
What kind of dignity is there if shipments entering Palestinian territories are subject to inspection?
What kind of dignity is there if the sovereign state of Palestine is subject to measures to insure that weapons restrictions are honored?
What kind of dignity is there if Palestinians are arrested just because they murdered some Israelis?
What kind of dignity is there if the Palestinians are prevented from marching into Israel to stake out their claims on properties they say their families left in 1948?
Taken to its ultimate conclusion, Palestinian dignity is offended by the very existence of the Jewish State!
“Dignity” is anything but a purely positive and innocent requirement.
I might add that it is an incredibly hypocritical position when one considers that the United States has absolutely no problem violating the dignity of hundreds of thousands of airline passengers each day in the name of security.
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