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Reposting from city_of_dis: From the Associated Press: A… 
29th-Jun-2007 09:11 pm
Reposting from city_of_dis:
From the Associated Press:

A lone Jewish settler challenges Israeli security officers during clashes that erupted as authorities cleared the West Bank settlement of Amona, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah. Thousands of troops in riot gear and on horseback clashed with hundreds of stone-throwing Jewish settlers holed up in this illegal West Bank outpost after Israel’s Supreme Court cleared the way of demolition of nine homes at the site.

This is one of the most beautiful, haunting, troubling and inspiring photographs that I have ever seen. Without question, Oded Balilty deserved to win the Pulitzer Prize for this stunning image.

I don't think it matters what you feel about any policies regarding Israel, that woman is the definition of heroic.

I couldn't agree with you more, my brother.
30th-Jun-2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I also recall vividly the image of a lone student in Tiananmen (sp?) Square defiantly standing before a tank during that particular incident. I don't think I'll ever forget that display of determination. I truly admire people like that.
30th-Jun-2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly.

--Bill Maher
30th-Jun-2007 06:50 am (UTC)
I think it matters. I look at her, and I see someone who cares more for land than peace. That, to me, is evil (whether it is jew or arab doing it). I hope someday she comes to see her error.
30th-Jun-2007 10:36 am (UTC)
It's someone who has built a home and put down roots, and just wants to live in peace, regardless of a bunch of politically correct decisions written by people far removed from her particular situation.

This kind of thing always happens when bureaucrats draw borders that affect real people, without regards to the ramifications of the lives of those people.

The same things happen much closer to home when a city decides to use Eminent Domain to take away a home somebody has lived in for decades just to turn it over to a big corporation in hopes of generating more tax revenues.

It's OK to take the high road and say "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" - but it becomes theft when the many take things that belong to the few by force of arms.
30th-Jun-2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Since "politically correct" is a meaningless term in almost all contexts it's hard to know how your argument starts, but I think that calling the removal of people from land that never belonged to them "theft" is getting it almost exactly backwards.

It doesn't mean it's not a sad situation, though.
30th-Jun-2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
The crux of the matter appears to be "who does the land ACTUALLY belong to?" which is not a simple question. For every argument one side, there is an equally valid argument on the other side.
30th-Jun-2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
If all opinions are equally valid, I guess so. If opinions are evaluated rationally, then the settlement of the West Bank by Israel is difficult to support - thus the eventual removal of the settlements.
30th-Jun-2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous photo, very powerful, but I could never call her "heroic".

She participated in a land-grab and she thought her religion gave her the right to do so.

You probably know my opinion of people who would do that.
30th-Jun-2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree. It is a visually stunning image but I don't believe she should have been there in the first place.
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