Monday, June 6, 2011

My interview with Max Blumenthal about the Nakba day demonstration in Lebanon

"RZ: No amount of Syrian money can make people run to a border knowing they will be shot at. If the Syrians are being clever, that is their consideration. But do you really think Palestinians need Syrians to make them want to return to Palestine? They are living in camps with sewage running openly, with no jobs and no opportunities. So the Syrian regime may be under pressure, but even if they do seek to use the protests to their advantage, does it excuse Israeli behavior? Beyond that, it’s so racist to think that the Palestinians do not have agency, that they have to attain their agency from Syria. It’s like they are below human. This is really the Israeli view of Palestinians: that they are sub-humans who can be manipulated by anyone."

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