Prazosin In Us

Berlin Wall is gone but Israel’s inhumane barrier still stands http://nigelparry.com/enginefiles/uploads/banksy-israel-wall.jpg David Pratt/ Herald Scotland In writing this, prazosin in us I’m bracing myself for being called an anti-Semite, prazosin in us an appeaser of terrorists and propagandist for the Palestinian cause. I’m none of those things. I say this simply because these days, prazosin in us it seems, prazosin in us anyone who dares criticise the policies of the Israeli government leaves themselves open to such accusations. The compulsion to write something that would leave me prone to such an attack was instigated earlier this week by watching Berlin’s champagne and fireworks celebrations commemor ating the fall of the Wall. How strange it must be, prazosin in us I thought, prazosin in us for any Palestinian in the village of Abu Dis, prazosin in us sitting before a TV screen looking on as the world indulges in rapturous back-slapping over the restoration of freedom and human rights that came with the passing of the wall. I mention Abu Dis not because it’s special, prazosin in us but simply because I know it well, prazosin in us having spent some time there over the years. Prazosin in us Indeed, prazosin in us I might just as easily have named umpteen other Palestinian communities cut off behind the concrete wall and fence built by Israel that stands twice as high and runs four times as long as its infamous Berlin predecessor. What was amazing about the Berlin jamboree – aside from the toppling dominoes – was that in the days leading up to and during the celebrations, prazosin in us scant mention was made of Israel’s illegal “separation wall” which today, prazosin in us like its bygone equivalent, prazosin in us stands as a global symbol of repression. Why, prazosin in us on this grand occasion marking the end of the Berlin Wall, prazosin in us was there not more reflection or objection to the injustice caused by its contemporary counterpart? Perhaps, prazosin in us it is because the word apartheid is something the world would prefer to forget, prazosin in us and to which Israel itself takes grave exception. Prazosin in us Apartheid, prazosin in us after all, prazosin in us is something of a historical embarrassment, prazosin in us even if its existence and enforcement – whatever Israel might say – shamefully continues today for millions of Palestinians corralled in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, prazosin in us 15 years after its demise in South Africa. But there is another, prazosin in us altogether more worrying, prazosin in us reason for our collective reticence over Israel’s shameful policy of closure and containment of the Palestinian people. It has to do with the way the world becomes cowed whenever the need arises to confront this “democratic” state over policies that fly in the face of international law and human rights conventions. Frankly, prazosin in us I can almost understand this reluctance to criticise Israel, prazosin in us given the relentless, prazosin in us uncompromising and intimidating response the Jewish state invokes whenever it is challenged or questioned. Look no further, prazosin in us for example, prazosin in us than Jerusalem’s reaction to last month’s Goldstone Report findings on the recent war in Gaza. Alternatively, prazosin in us ask any indivi­dual who has had the audacity to make public their objections to Israel’s wall or human rights violations, prazosin in us only to find themselves on the receiving end of an often vitriolic Zionist lobby. One of the favourite responses of these Zionist cadres is to denounce any critic as an anti-Semite, prazosin in us or if that doesn’t work, prazosin in us an appeaser of terrorists. I remember well the first time I dared use the word apartheid in the context of Israel’s wall. In pointing out in an article that the Hebrew word “hafrada”, prazosin in us which means “separation”, prazosin in us was often now used as a virtual catch-all term for an apartheid existence between Israelis and Palestinians, prazosin in us I was inundated with some very nasty email correspondence. How many of those who sent these emails, prazosin in us I wonder, prazosin in us would have known that as far back as 1999, prazosin in us Ariel Sharon, prazosin in us then Israel’s Foreign Minister, prazosin in us spoke openly about the proposed wall, prazosin in us referring to it as “the Bantustan plan”, prazosin in us saying that the South African apartheid model offered the most appropriate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How many also would have known that it was one of Israel’s own prominent military historians, prazosin in us Professor Martin van Creveld, prazosin in us of the Hebrew University, prazosin in us who was first to propose a wall round the West Bank, prazosin in us and who drew his inspiration for that same proposal from the Berlin Wall, prazosin in us after spending a year’s sabbatical in Germany in 1980-81? “If I could, prazosin in us I would build a concrete wall so tall that even birds could not fly over it, prazosin in us and above all, prazosin in us so the people cannot look each other in the face – complete separation, prazosin in us” Van Creveld is quoted as saying in an article, prazosin in us some years before Mr Sharon, prazosin in us when Israeli Prime Minister, prazosin in us took his idea to heart and made the wall a bitter reality for those Palestinians who now live in its shadow. Of course, prazosin in us whenever questions about the legality of the wall are raised, prazosin in us Israel invariably responds with the same answer: “It stops the bombers and that’s all that matters.” But how can Israel insist on calling it a “security wall” when instead of just separating Israel from the West Bank, prazosin in us it separates Arab from Arab? Indeed, prazosin in us how could a people whose history is full of terrible ghettos now be building one themselves? For Israelis such as these, prazosin in us there is simply no debate to be had. As far as they are concerned, prazosin in us the crushing effects of the wall on the lives of millions of Palestinians is a small price to pay for the relative – if somewhat imaginary – guarantee of their own personal security. But to call it this way makes for a convenient defence of a policy they also know is little more than a land grab and indefensible in terms of international law. “If you want security for your house, prazosin in us you build the wall in your own garden, prazosin in us not in your neighbour’s, prazosin in us” I remember Hassan Akramawi, prazosin in us a Palestinian shopkeeper, prazosin in us telling me near Abu Dis, prazosin in us where the wall had cut his business off from the village customers who gave him a meagre income. For anyone who has never seen the wall, prazosin in us it’s hard to over emphasise the sheer injustice of this concrete scar that gouges its way across olive orchards, prazosin in us family homes, prazosin in us grazing areas, prazosin in us places of work, prazosin in us schools and anything else that, prazosin in us frankly, prazosin in us the state of Israel has decided to confiscate. Its sheer physical size bears down when you are near it. The double standards displayed by many world leaders this week keen to add their ringing endorsement to the inhuman and intolerant rule the Berlin Wall represented, prazosin in us while remaining steadfastly mute on Israel’s present-day incarnation, prazosin in us is shaming to them all. As one old Palestinian man, prazosin in us a resident of Abu Dis, prazosin in us once put it to me succinctly: “Where is the world? Where is the world?” David Pratt Originally published on 13 Nov 2009 at http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/dundee-united/berlin-wall-is-gone-but-israel-s-inhumane-barrier-still-stands-1.932008