Weekly Commentary: Palestinian dignity is a bizarre goal for Obama
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 13 May 2015
“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,
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
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
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