Taking advantage of equivalence
Posted by aogFriday, 19 August 2005 at 14:24 TrackBack Ping URL

Backspin is upset over some editorial cartoons equating the eviction of the Israelis in Gaza and the Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war. I understand the complaint about the false moral equivalency, but I wonder if a better message isn’t being lost. If one presumes equivalence, then consider what the cartoon says is happening to the Israelis in Gaza: they are being forcibly removed and having their claim to the land revoked in order to further the peace process. If 1948 refugees’ situation is morally equivalent, should be we then be able to ask them to do exactly the same thing, accept the revocation of their claim to the land in order to further the peace process?

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