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30 January 2009


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Blame isn’t a way forward
CND and Stop the War Coalition have organised many Palestinian solidarity events in Manchester and elsewhere in the country recently
  • It’s great that they are so active in their support for the people of Gaza (and, of course, completely understandable), but I can’t help thinking that pointing fingers of blame squarely at Israel is not helping anything

  • This conflict stretches back decades and neither side is completely innocent
  • It is such a tangled web of events that, in this situation, concentrating on who did what to whom gets nobody anywhere
  • It is like two siblings who have bitterly fought all their lives – the blame is endless and ultimately, if they have any chance of moving forwards and getting on, they need to put the past behind them
  • Both sides have to make concessions and both sides have to change their behaviour

  • Jess Pasteiner & Sarah Freeman

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