"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <
Israel is racist. Maybe not as a collective unit but certainly their government and military policies are. Israel is essentially an apartheid that seems determinded to step Arabs and Jews being equal. It's almost impossible for them to get around (depending on what level of permit they have) and the jobs they have or had are considerbaly less in wage than their Israeli counterparts, or they are being replaced by East-European and Asian workers. And where the Palestinians have built mini-bantustans they're pretty sealed off from trade with other areas, which is why a Palestinian state right now would fail economically. There's also the simplest aspect of it: moving indigenous populations from their lands which Israel likes. Call it what you will - forced or simply part of some grand zionist ideal - but Israel HAS a racist system for dealing with Arabs.
Am I the only one who thinks people walking out of the racism conference because Ahmadinejad brought up racism is slightly...ridiculous? Even if he is a complete twat, which he is, they should have still listened. Walking out essentially equates to them sticking their fingers in their ears and singing Mary Had a Little Lamb. They SHOULD have forced him down with intellect and made a fool of him.
Mmm-hmm. Just as I thought.