Israel's Rights and Arab Propaganda
IT IS one of the ironies of the Arab-Israeli conflict that the popular slogan, “the right of all peoples to self-determination,” has become a battle cry raised, precisely, against the right of the Jewish people to self-determination. Similarly, the word “refugees” now carries the automatic prefix Arab, and “national liberation” is seen as an Arab issue. Even the concept of homeland has taken on an Arab coloration.
In an ideological dispute, it has been said, the winning side can be recognized by the terms adopted for public discussion. From this point of view, it is clear that the Arabs have for a long time now been prevailing on a large and crucial sector of world opinion. As long as everybody keeps talking about the right of Arabs alone to self-determination, half the victory is theirs, no matter what is said.
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