The injustice of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is so glaring that it is difficult for its supporters to defend it, so they tend to opt for suppressing the voices exposing it. This was the case a couple of weeks ago, when an event on Capitol Hill on the abuse of Palestinian...
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Washington Watch: What We Didn't Know or Chose to Ignore About the '67 War
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle East, since I was more engaged in the anti-war and civil rights movements. And so as I watched the UN Security Council debates that preceded and followed the war, I saw what was unfolding through the prism of those struggles with which I was more familiar—the one in opposition to the war in Vietnam and the other for civil rights and justice in America. As a result, I was skeptical both about the US and Israel's justifications for the war and the reporting and political commentary that followed. The story, as it was being told, was too simple and, therefore, it just didn't ring true. I knew there had to be more. Continue reading...
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