A tale of one city

The following are quotes that have appeared on posters and signs of protest regarding this week’s Peace Summit in Annapolis. All of the slogans belong to either Arab or Jewish protesters. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which belong to whom.

Not one inch.

You have no right.

Anyone who gives away the property of our people is a dangerous traitor.

It belongs to us, all of it.

Jerusalem is ours in its entirety.

The land is ours alone, from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.

Any act is just in defense of our right to our land.

Our case, our cause is entirely, objectively just. Theirs is a flat lie.

A no to compromise is a yes to self-defense.

Peace is an illusion.

Don’t even think about it.

If you need help parsing this out, it’s for good reason. I suggest reading this for a little assistance. Then again, you might not what like what you read. But that’s the whole point of this protesting thing, isn’t it? People who don’t like what other people are doing.


  1. Ben says:

    I got into an argument with my friend about the problems facing Israelis and Palestinians… I suggested that it was extremism, not just from one side, but from both sides that was the root cause of the conflict. He looked at me like I was nuts. Curious.

  2. jepaikin says:

    Curious that he looked at you like you were nuts. Why?
    Because it’s so hard for people to even begin to see outside of their (our) little boxes? Because it’s so hard to even begin to possibly imagine that something that we cling to might be worth giving up for something better?

    Yes, it’s hard.

    But that’s the point.

    If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be worth it.

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