Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ethnic Cleansing

Israeli soldiers guarded a gate to the Palestinian village of A Tira in the West Bank. The village is one of many that are blocked from accessing Highway 443, shown in the background. The road, on Palestinian land, was permitted to be built in the early 1980s because the Israeli army said its primary function was to serve local Palestinians. In recent years, in the wake of stone-throwing and several drive-by shootings, Israel has blocked Palestinians' access to the road.

“There is already a separate legal system in the territories for Israelis and Palestinians,” said Limor Yehuda, who argued the recent case for the civil rights association on behalf of six Palestinian villages. “With the approval of separate roads, if it becomes a widespread policy, then the word for it will be ‘apartheid.’ ”

Many Israelis and their supporters reject the term, with its implication of racist animus.

“The basis of separation is not ethnic since Israeli Arabs and Jerusalem residents with Israeli ID cards can use the road,” argues Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a conservative research organization. “The basis of the separation is to keep out of secure areas people living in chaotic areas. If the Palestinian Authority, which has thousands of men under arms, had fought terror, this wouldn’t have been necessary.”

The court’s latest decision is significant because it accepted the idea in principle put forth by the army — that while it had no choice but to ban Palestinian traffic from the road because of anti-Israel attacks on it, some of which it says originated from the surrounding villages, it would build separate roads for the Palestinians.

The court has never ruled on the legality of separate roads, despite a growing network of them around the West Bank. If this interim decision reflects its view that such a system is legally acceptable, that represents a big new step. A court spokeswoman said the justices would not comment.



Back in the 50's and earlier we had the same program going, "Whites only".

The arrogance of the Israeli's is astounding. To be blatantly racist in the 21st Century and receiving American dollars to do so is even more astounding.

Serious problems exist and we do not have any business giving Israel one dime until they apply "All people are created equal" to their realm and quit being frightened little cowards trying to feel powerful by pushing Palestinians around like third class people.

Not one dime!



David B. Benson said...

Snow night before last. Snow yesterday. Snow last night.

Just a little and it soon melts in the days of ever-longer sunlight.

Alan said...

Dr. B, here's what Micki was referring to when she asked you the difference in Lecturer and Professor. Her point to make didn't pan out though.

Obama vindicated on law-school title

Statement Regarding Barack Obama

The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."

From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers have high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Thanks. The University of Chicago is one of the finest in the world. I know of this regarding mathematics and the sciences, including computer science.

I know essentially nothing about how law schools are conducted, including titles. Since law was the third professional area of study in the original European universities, I would suppose the choice of titles is quite ancient.

The usage at The University of Chicago Law School appears to be somewhat similar to the titles used in British Universities. There both Lecturer and Senior Lecturer are professors (all schools), corresponding to Assistant and Associate Professor in the typical U.S. practice (but not, it seems, in law schools(?)).

micki said...

Her point to make didn't pan out though.

You make assumptions. You have no idea what point, if any, I was going to make. My husband has been a lecturer at The New School for Social Research, Stanford University, and taught classes at the University of Alaska, while he was engaged in his career outside of academia. My inquiry pertained more to his past status and the current idiocy, than to what you assume.

Admittedly, the silliness over the titles was a prompt for the discussion within our family -- so there was that context.

I could not care less if Mr. Obama is called St. Obama, Dr. Obama, Senator Obama....but President Obama? Not so much.

David B. Benson said...

Apologies, Alan. Maybe I need need spectacles.

Actually, I know I need new ones.

For older eyes.

Story of my life.

DEN said...

Assume= Make an Ass out of U and Me.

Alan, never presume what is on a womans mind, or else.


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Alan said...

Alan, never presume what is on a womans mind, or else.

haha Thanks for the advice, tho I didn't need it. I didn't have to assume because Micki had already mentioned "resumè padding" when she asked Dr. B about it.
See? No assumption, or presumption necessary. My post just pointed out that there was no resumè padding.

micki said...

Alan, you are generally quite logical. In this case, you're acting as though you are a mind-reader.

Quite funny, actually.