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Ghannam Responds

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Myles Striar, in his response (AGENDA, 688) to my 588 AGENDA aiticle on the Israeli-South African-Central American solidarity movement alliance, did not address the issues which I had prescnted. Mr. Striar, instead, sought to justify the occupation, dismiss its destructive implications for the indigenous Palestinian population, and misreprcscnt the nature of Israel 's foreign and domestic policies. In my article, I briefly outlined the extensivo economie and military alliance Israel enjoys with repressive regimes in South África & Central America. (I could have easily included regimes in the rest of África, Asia, and theMiddleEast.)Isracl's fraternity with repressive regimes is directly rclated to its comprehensive and historie alliance with impcrialism, and not to its paranoid fecling of insecurity. Striar's contention that Palestinians are not subjectcd to complete political, social, economie and cultural oppression can be answered by the voice of the Palestinian Uprising, now in its seventh month. Evcry policy enacted by the Isracli occupiers is intended to both subjugate and expel the Palestinian populalion. Any gains won by the Palestinians are fragüe, temporary, and subordínate to Israel 's obiectives in the región. The purpose of my article was to provide information about Israeli's role in aiding repressive regimes, while provoking action to protest the massive U.S. aid to Israel. The proposed alliance between the Palestinian, Central American, and Anti-Aparthcid Solidarity Movcments may secm "unsound politically" to the uninformed. Progressive attitudes must be comprehensive and consistent, and not isolated to Central America and South África. Criticism of repressive governments certainly does not end when Israel is judged.


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