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originally posted by: Shana91aus
Poor guy all he was doing was peacefully expressing his opinion, i believe that should be a basic human right, id hate to see how they treated him after they took him away, they were bad enough when they knew cameras were around! I have the same view as you and over the years have formed bad opinions on Israel but i just can't look at the country any other way at this point.
originally posted by: MrCynic
I'm thinking the Gaza City experience might even be a little less hospitable and the police a bit less affable than Israel. Sometimes people go searching for trouble. Many times, they find what they seek when they go with such determination. He sure did.
He was subsequently jailed for two days for peacefully protesting the annual Jersulem Day parade which celebrates Israel's capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Mideast War.
originally posted by: abe froman
a reply to: Exitt The guy was talking pro palestinian in Israel surrounded by Israelis. Go to Harlem and talk anti black.
And when an Israeli police officer asks for your passport you present it, you are a guest in their country, or face arrest, prosecution, and probably a well earned whoopin.
Why do Americans so often think they can do whatever they want in other countries and that screaming "I'm an American citizen" gives them some kind of free pass?
Maybe the thread title should be " Young American spewing pro Palestine rhetoric in Israel refuses to show passport and is hauled off by Israeli police".
Isn't there one ATS Jewish member who disagrees with killing Arab kids, mothers, destruction of homes?
Perhaps I am a fantasist, but I believe there will never be peace until the people of Israel/Palestine are willing to sit down and define a nation. Not a nation governed by one race or religion, but a state consisting of multiple races and religions willing to work together. I personally think religion has no place in how a state should be governed, and I think it ridiculous that in this day and age people believe that God 'promised' a nation to one particular religious group.
Yes, the Jews suffered immensely and have every right to have a place they can feel safe. Should the Palestinians have any less? Until people stop demonising those of differing beliefs as 'other' there will never be peace. Perhaps I am a fantasist, but it's pretty obvious that the current system isn't working very well, except for perhaps a privileged few.