The press loves to show up and cover the weekly protests held (usually on Monday) by Palestinian women seeking the release of their relatives from Israeli jails, and the portfolio generally consists of the most genteel members of their society. I don't usually cover these protests, as they're generally fairly formulaic, but there is a photo from today that I think illustrates the true situation behind jailed Palestinians quite clearly. From the Associated Press' Nasser Ishtayeh:
Check out the painting immediately to her left, and then ask yourself this:—Do you think the Israeli government jailed her sons unfairly?
Do you suppose for even a fleeting second that these
poor, oppressed menfolk were arrested for being Boy Scouts?
If I were a government, and I had a large population of people who were actively and openly
trying to destroy
me—and I don't mean through "democratic" methods—wouldn't I be justified
in jailing the violent members of said population?
I mean, consideringthe alternates (i.e., Ye Olde Gallows), it seems to me like this is a rather humane
solution, yet it never seems to satisfy the endless flocks of Western sycophants who jump to the defence of the terrorist regimes.
Keep images like this fresh in your mind the next time you encounter a photograph decrying the "poor, blighted" condition of Palestine.
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