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To the leftist who has no problem with rocket fire on Israel

By Bradley Burston, Haaretz



Times like this, with rockets targeting civilian populations, I wonder what it means to call yourself a leftist. I believed, and still do, that to be on the left entails a certain universality of concern for the rights and safety and welfare of people, regardless of nationality, race, religion, culture or political outlook.
One thing that has not changed, however, is the way much of the hard left relates to the moral issues posed by Palestinian rocket attacks on Israelis.

A weekend Mondoweiss news account of Israeli air strikes, while acknowledging that most of the Gaza dead were Islamic Jihad fighters, notes as something of an afterthought, "Local resistance in Gaza retaliated and showered nearby Israeli settlements with homemade rockets."
In every account, the rockets are dismissed as little more than toothless, impromptu, life-affirming symbols of Palestinian refusal to surrender.

In recent years, Palestinian rocket fire has become a measure of whether progressives can be compassionate to and respectful of the rights of, civilians on both sides, or whether their attitude is, at root, no more nuanced than Palestine Good, Zionist Entity Unredeemably Evil.


An opinion piece on Tuesday suggested that Israel intentionally brought on the rocket fire in order to give its Iron Dome a trial run. "What better way to test the system," asked Linda Heard in Arab News. "It’s hard to believe that a state would put its own people at risk for a test-run, but that’s exactly what Israel is doing," she wrote.

In an exchange of reader comments to the Mondoweiss piece, one respondent asks, "Is it relevant that for many months there have been persistent rocket attacks launched from Gaza against Israel?

It is wrong to simply grant a moral pass to this response, to rocket fire on civilians, whether you write this off as self-defense – which, in practice, it is not – or as human nature, or as inconsequential relative to Israeli aggression.


Just one question.

When a leftist places quotation marks around the word rockets, when a leftist terms attacks on civilian populations a matter of human nature, when a leftist dismisses rockets as crude, homemade, and unguided, or blames Israelis for their use, when a leftist notes that rockets have killed "only 28" Israelis, or sniffs or jeers at the fact that one out of seven Israelis, one million in all, are currently in rocket range – it may be time to ask, what it is, exactly, that's supposed to make a person a leftist?




This is part of the recent post of Bradley Burston in Haaretz, The complete article can be read over here:

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/to-the-leftist-who-has-no-problem-with-rocket-fire-on-israel-1.418224#article_comments

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  • What about people like me who are really tired of the bullshit on both sides? It's true that the Palestinians need to learn how to clean up their streets, get a grip on their militias and give up the macho martyr mentality bullshit, but at the same time, Israel needs to put an end to the settlements and stop treating the Palestinians like shit with their de-facto apartheid system. To be honest, I'm tired of my tax dollars going to both sides of this childish bullshit. Figure it the fuck out a More..

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  • Scary. I will never understand the mentality of a leftist.

    "An opinion piece on Tuesday suggested that Israel intentionally brought on the rocket fire in order to give its Iron Dome a trial run. "What better way to test the system," asked Linda Heard in Arab News. "It’s hard to believe that a state would put its own people at risk for a test-run, but that’s exactly what Israel is doing," she wrote."

    WOW.........Fucking IDIOT.

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    • @Surfsock

      "If you support israel's treatment of the Palestinians then you are a zionist."

      OOOOOOOOOk on that same note, if you support the Palestinians treatment of Israelis then you are a terrorist.One day the Palestinian terrorist groups will be brought to justice either by noose or by gravel.

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    • @Surfsock ~what a stupid, nazi propagandist thing to post.

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  • Savages!!!.... I say line the border with leftist & see if their opinion changes when they see these aren't just bottle rockets!!!!

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    • @rbvr1 : who will be shooting the leftists ? Hamas or Israël ??

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    • @Surfsock

      actually it was pro palestinian activist Juliano Mer (arab from Israel) and another Italian activist (forgot his name) which were murdered during recent year by radical palestinians

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  • Hey you are right i dont give a fuck!

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  • I have never understood any pandering whatsoever to Palestinians. They are a mongrol race....Israel knows it....most logical people know it. Of course Israel has a long track record of being overly aggressive...and that isn't good for their image. But what choice do they really have? Peace? HAHA....funny joke. Palestinians don't want it.

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    • @Windolicker

      Mongrol race?

      You sir are a fuckin' mongoloid. By deducing your fagalon comments I've came to this conclusion, you're an utter waste of space.

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  • Radical Muslims are the biggest hypocrites in the world!!!

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  • I wonder what the US Army would do if the American Indians started doing that from the reservations.

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    • @vargas123gaylover Spot on. It's about the same principles !

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    • @vargas123gaylover

      They did. But they're using casino's instead of weapons. It's a big "fuck you" to the feds, without the culpability of outright violence.

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    • @vargas123gaylover
      vargas and widerstehen on your av?

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  • It is easy to say "no one is in danger" and "there is no need to retaliate" when it isn't raining down on your head.

    Maybe next time it will and you will understand.

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  • Israel was placed there because of a religious belief. They are big boys and can take care of themselves. I'm not sure why so many Americans will bend over backwards for Israel.

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  • I don't give a fuck what leaning's you have, they're probably decadent anyway. Anything that causes women and kids to feel this scared, no matter what their history, culture or expression, is wrong.

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  • I'm leftist, and I do have a problem with rockets on just about anybody _including_ Israël. But didn't they start this by firing rockets at some Hamas leader ? What about plain old freaking justice ? Why not put this guy in front of a court instead of blasting him and the people around him (guilty or not, the means seams to be justified and is approved by the USA) to pieces. I don't know, and don't care anymore who started what. We are all being mislead bij the media so all our images are disto More..

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    • @ATministraitor He was actually a PRC commander. He was in the end stage planning of an imminent attack on Israel. He was taken out as a target of opportunity to prevent a mass attack on Israeli citizens.
      If you don't want to get killed by the IDF, don't plot and carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.

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    • @Documentary2011 How is he a leftist?
      Damn you didnt learn shit since your satan777 account got banned. Not everyone who disagrees with you is left. Seek mental help.

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  • Is this russian langauge?

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    • @stinkbuttdog Sad but true. Leftists of rightwings trying to blame the other side are far from interested in the case, and even further from adressing the point. You can always blame anybody for just about everything. It takes no rocketscience to do that.

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  • Looks like the V1 and V1s raining down on London....

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  • I tell you what. Wait until some outside force, whatever suits you, Commies, Taliban, or any outside force, comes to your country and drives you from your home, kills your family, destroys your land, isolates you and systematically torture and abuse you for 50 years while they obviously and startegically eat away at what is left of your world, pretendeing that it is legal for them to do so, and even mentioning their oppression is enough to get you a beating. And watch people be born into that si More..

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    • @wargypzy is that the reason why jews are such a brutal murderers as the nazi at WWII?

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    • @wargypzy do you know how many palestinians have been murdered by the jews in the last 50 years??? hundred of thousands

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  • who invented the iron dome

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  • Liberals just have their illogical hate, thats why i call them Libatards

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  • I hope you will not just watch the video (taken during the previous round with Gaza- August 2011) but also read the article, since this is the main issue here:

    Usually Burston publish in his posts alot of criticism towards Israel policies, just like I in person share such criticism, but what I see in places like this one is exactly what Burston writes about - I don't see here real leftist, or real liberals (few are but not the most), what I see here is an ultimate hate or anti wave towards the More..

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  • Leftists...
    What's the alternative?
    Right wing reactionary warhawks(the Nazi)?...

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    • @MB-UK
      How come we never hear about those groups?
      Its always the extreme left or the Liberals as if God left because of them.
      And then you have the Nazi like minded pricks, and you can tell who they are, they thumbs down my comment.

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    • @wargypzy are you insinuating that leftists are terrorists? or people who have a political view that differs from yours are terrorists? keep it classy WARgypzy...

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  • shoulda been a nuke

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  • This is why Israelis are the biggest pussies on earth.

    THEY ARE IN A FUCKING OPEN AIR PRISON. A nuke power complaining about homemade 'rockets'. No navigation, basically little more than fireworks.

    You pukes are pathetic.

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