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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alan Johnson: It's time to bust the ‘Israeli blockade led to Hamas rockets’ myth


fallacy
NOUN (plural fallacies)
A mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments. (Oxford Dictionary)
Here is the widely believed fallacy: the Israeli blockade of Gaza led to the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza.
And here is the little known truth: it was the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza that led to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
The fallacy distorts our understanding of why these escalations keep happening and what will make a durable peace possible. The fallacy frames the Israeli blockade of Gaza as motiveless and cruel at best, demonic at worst, while it presents the firing of Hamas rockets on Israeli civilians as acts of resistance. The fallacy makes us think that if only Israel "lifted the blockade" then peace would break out.
The fallacy spreads because of ignorance.
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