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About “A letter to the Israeli government from a retired terrorist” which appeared in @972Mag

August 20, 2014

Once they were terrorists.


I’ve had a ponder of this letter from a former Jewish terrorist who sees the same reasons she became a terrorist as to what’s driving some Palestinians to become terrorists.

The english translation of the letter appears in 972 Magazine (click the link below).

Ruth Reznik was only 14 when she joined a Zionist militia and took up arms against the British in Palestine. Now, she says, is the time to understand why Gazans are taking up arms against Israel.

(Originally posted in Hebrew here>

Anyhow, have a read, then ponder this.

She hones in on causes of radicalisation as she experienced it. Saying that a heavy handed, arrogant or violent  approach, and misconduct in dealing with civilians will cause resistance (in the Irgun case violent terrorism).

The problem here is that the terrorists will always re-brand themselves as freedom fighters when they’ve won and then rewritten history.

It doesn’t alter the truth of what violence they did whether it was the American war of independence or the Irish rebellion. They’ll always have a “noble cause” justification, just like the Irgun.

Terrorists that lose will always be terrorists. The terrorists that win, well they were still terrorists, but just with new names now.

Is it just a case of the end justifying the means to them, and if they achieve the end – they get a free pass?

The world needs to grow up.
Stop killing and listen.
Compromise and settle difference.
If you can not tolerate others, how can others be expected to tolerate you?
Seriously. @netanyahu should indeed read her letter, even if all he gets out of it is, that the conduct of Israel against the civilian population of Gaza needs to change.


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