Today the United States, mostly, ignores the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War in which Israeli seized what are now, in the United Nation's terminology, the "Occupied Palestinian Territories." Maybe George W. was paying a glancing homage to this anniversary when he suggested the other day that Iraq bore some resemblance to Korea and we might occupy it for a similar length of time. He seems to like of creating carnage in other people's countries.
In San Francisco, a small band of pro-Palestinian demonstrators braved the permanent gale in front of the Federal Building to denounce the ongoing occupation and repression of Palestinians.
They were confronted by several thuggish counter demonstrators carrying Israeli flags who probably would describe themselves as "pro-Israel." Viciously anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim would be more accurate. Their idea of counter argument seemed limited to "your God is a fraud" and "go back to Jordan." Back and front view of one the loudest below:
The most accessible writing I've seen about this sad anniversary is by Tony Karon, a Jewish South African whose personal odyssey has led him from the anti-apartheid struggle, to an Israeli kibbutz, and finally, perhaps most improbably, to Time magazine in New York. After sketching his own history and Israel's, he contributes many insights:
Karon is not optimistic about the future of either people that claims that bit of land. The tidbits I've pulled here don't begin to do justice to his article. Do read it all.