Defense of separation wall = Prize for service to humanity

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Wieseltier is in the money:

New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier has been awarded with the $1 million Dan David prize [from a foundation at Tel Aviv University], Israel’s pre-eminent award for individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to humanity.”

In its announcement, the Dan David Prize Board called Wieseltier ”a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion in the United States.”

Wieseltier’s latest column denies the validity of Palestinian resistance to occupation in defending Israel’s separation wall– which Palestinians call the apartheid wall, as it seeks to take as much land as it can with as few Palestinians on it, carving out places for Jews on occupied lands.

These comprehensive fortifications. . . make Israel safer. Since the threats encircle Israel, the barriers encircle Israel. Their efficacy from the standpoint of security cannot be denied. . . . It was not until Palestinian “resistance” chose to rely on suicide bombers that the big, cold wall was raised. . . . About the racial character of the wall the Palestinians are wrong. . . .

The spectacle of the Jewish state behind walls is a melancholy sight. . . Of course Tel Aviv and its environs, the metropolitan miracle on the coast, is the antithesis of a confinement–it feels like the future, even if sometimes also like a fool’s paradise.

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