A Dinner Conversation: Israel and Armenia, Oppression and Genocides, Reality and Denials

via chycho

Below you will find two perspectives from a recent dinner conversation:

    I. Candid and Confrontational
    II. Compassionate and Personal

I. Candid and Confrontational

I recently attended a small family gathering, not my immediate family but my partners, so by extension people that I care for. I am Armenian and my partner is Jewish, and at the table were us and the elders, including a holocaust survivor.

During dinner the conversation drifted between various topics and at some point turned to politics, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Those who have followed my blog know that I am quite outspoken regarding my political views and rarely do I mince words, and this night was not an exception. I believe that dialogue, discussion, honesty, and candidness are needed to come to terms with what is actually taking place in the heart of the Middle-East because what transpires in that region, what the final outcome will be between Israel and Palestine, will decide the fate of humanity.

I will skip over the pleasantries and go directly to the essence of the conversation, which was; how would you describe the Israeli Palestinian relationship? Are they adversaries? Family involved in a feud? Oppressor versus the oppressed? Protectors versus the aggressors? Or are they two States at war?

As I stated, I do not mince words, and in my opinion we are witnessing a slow genocide unfolding in real time. Unfortunately, this description of the bond that exists between these two peoples is not a well-accepted point of view in my corner of the world, understandably of course, because the word ‘Genocide’ implies so much.

continued at chycho

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Quote:

    “Culturally safe dialogue about oppression, issues of social justice and ethics
    is challenging and often a delicate matter.”

    I’ve done some experimenting with alternative points of view over the years, and I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘culturally safe dialogue’ is bullsh*t nonsense. You can’t have any meaningful discussions unless you’re willing to have large chunks of your worldview destroyed and to destroy that of others. Unless you recognize a set of fundamental human values that go beyond culture, you’re lost from the get-go.

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    I think the Jewish people are interesting. They seem to cause so many dialectical reversals.

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  • SuperSerial

    Not much to comment on here

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