Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Analogy operating in the background: Israel and Northern Ireland

I'm sure we've all wondered why and how the world can clearly recognize terrorism everywhere but in Israel. Could it be that in the policy centers of major governments, there is a hidden analogy operating in the background: Israel and Northern Ireland?

See these short excerpts and then follow the link below.
Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Dean Godson, published on the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs website.

• Many British officials see a strong resemblance between the Israelis and the Unionists, both of whom have to be pulled down a peg or two. Both are now perceived as "Afrikaaners," or "settler" groups who have driven out indigenous peoples.

• The post-September 11 anti-terrorism legislation of 2001 holds that terrorism for no rational political purpose, such as the re-creation of a global caliphate, has to be subject to the most stringent anti-terrorism measures. However, the British government does not put Palestinian terrorism or Northern Irish terrorism into that category.

• In recent years, PLO flags and large wall murals of Arafat can be seen in Catholic-Republican neighborhoods, while Unionist-Protestant zones are covered with Israeli flags. In fact, Northern Ireland is one of the very few parts of Europe where there is a very wide measure of popular support in the majority community for the State of Israel.

Lessons from Northern Ireland for the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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