Friday, November 24, 2006

Don't mention ethnic cleansing

The guiding principles of the talkback forum for the Bradley Burston blog “A special place in Hell” in the Haaretz online newspaper will be mutual respect and an openness to dialogue.

Participants, even if they rule out, dismiss or oppose coexistence with the Palestinians, must, within the confines of this forum, practice it. Censorship will be unapologetic. Political orientation will have absolutely no bearing on whether a comment is posted or rejected.

The following will be grounds for deletion:

1. Racist remarks, as well as slurs on the basis of religion, ethnicity and gender.
2. Use of the terms Nazi, Hitler, ethnic cleansing, to describe the actions and policies of Israelis, Palestinians or other parties to the Israel-Arab conflict.
3. Disparaging remarks, personal attacks, vulgarities and profanities directed at other participants in the forum.
4. Advocacy of violence against individuals or religious, ethnic or racial groups, including statements which may be construed as urging attacks on leaders, officials, security forces or civilians.
5.Use of the phrase: "There are no Palestinians" or derivatives thereof.

No2 says don’t mention ethnic cleansing.

Interesting, since Israel was created by ethnically cleansing the non-existent Palestinians in the first place.


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