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Israel/Gaza

Postby rod taylor » 26 Nov 2015 14:57

Does the new admin regime intend to keep in place the prohibition on discussing Israel's illegal occupation of Gaza?
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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby chrisj1948 » 26 Nov 2015 15:19

I hope the prohibition remains. It is a topic which normally generates great heat and no light whatsoever.

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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby admin » 26 Nov 2015 15:20

Yes, this policy is going to remain in place, at least in the short term. Discussions on this issue are rarely conducive to creating the atmosphere of seasonal goodwill and cheer that we want to promote :D :roll:

We'd be happy to listen to a case for changing it if you want to make one.

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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby rod taylor » 27 Nov 2015 16:26

admin wrote:Yes, this policy is going to remain in place, at least in the short term. Discussions on this issue are rarely conducive to creating the atmosphere of seasonal goodwill and cheer that we want to promote :D :roll:

We'd be happy to listen to a case for changing it if you want to make one.


It all feels a little defeatist. We might make a breakthrough, you never know.
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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby chrisj1948 » 27 Nov 2015 20:30

rod taylor wrote:It all feels a little defeatist. We might make a breakthrough, you never know.


A tag line I am rather fond of goes "It used to be said that a million monkeys pounding a million typewriters would eventually write out the complete works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know that this is not the case"

I fear your breakthrough would be similarly elusive.

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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby Robin Orton » 29 Nov 2015 14:49

Nevertheless, it's interesting to speculate about why this topic raises such strong passions that it cannot apparently be discussed rationally in this sort of forum. See Rod Taylor's comment here. My view is that it inspires in English people who, like me, are neither Jewish nor Arab a double sense of guilt that we find intolerable. We feel guilty towards the Jews because, we, or our ancestors, have persecuted them over the centuries; we feel guilty towards the Palestinians because we suspect that we, or our ancestors, may have betrayed them. We feel, rightly or wrongly, that we can resolve this unbearable dissonance only by seeking certainty in a fierce and often unnuanced commitment to one side or the other, which almost inevitably lapses into racism or, at best, unhelpful ethnic stereotyping.
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Re: Israel/Gaza

Postby rod taylor » 29 Nov 2015 15:19

Robin Orton wrote:Nevertheless, it's interesting to speculate about why this topic raises such strong passions that it cannot apparently be discussed rationally in this sort of forum.


A very thought-provoking post, Robin.
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