It is now 7.15pm and we enter Susya. Shouts of “Free Palestine!” greet us and upset the festive atmosphere. I have heard something similar many times on clips on this excellent blog, but never live. They seem to be out of tune chanting “Free Pales-tine!” rather than the usual and much more melodious “Free Free Pal-es-tine!”For the context and more read Richard Millett's original piece
Every fibre of my being wants to stop the car, get out and ask them why in this sea of madness that we call the Middle East the focus of their protests were always against this one tiny island of sanity, democracy and human rights.
“So, what would you say to them?” challenged my son. “What would you say?”
“Maybe I’d ask them why they don’t drive another 150 miles north and demonstrate against genocide” I replied.
“Yes, but they can’t go to Syria” retorted Ariel, “They would be torn to shreds by both sides.”
Ariel is right. There is very little point in trying to persuade those who believe in the concept of a “Higher Truth”. You can argue yourselves blue in the face citing historical facts, international law and just common sense, but they’ll just wait for you to finish and then repeat yet another tired cliché about apartheid or colonialism or worse.
Richard is a great blogger and a very brave man, read his blog often.