Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ben Gurion & Ahmedinejad think alike


I am not a fan of Ahmadinejad, but I'm not sure what's the big deal about this particular quote that caused much uproar at the Durban racism conference. Here's what he said:
"After the Second World War, by exploiting the holocaust and under the pretext of protecting the Jews they made a nation homeless with military expeditions and invasion. They transferred various groups of people from America, Europe and other countries to this land. They established a completely racist government in the occupied Palestinian territories."

Compare that to this:
"If I was an Arab leader I would never make peace terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? There has been anti-semitism, the Nazis, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance."
-Former Israeli PM D. Ben Gurion as quoted in The Jewish Paradox : A personal memoir (1978) by Nahum Goldmann (translated by Steve Cox), p. 99.

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