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A Dishonorable Prize Given on a Day That Is All Hypocrisy

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There is no glory in receiving a prize that the Israeli government awards to Israelis whose accomplishments speak for themselves. There is no honor in a prize that is awarded by the education minister, a former army commander who was a party to the policy of imprisoning the Gaza Strip. There is no splendor in an official prize that is given on a day that is all hypocrisy: when they say independence and mean expulsion, wax poetic about freedom while planning the next land theft, praise our enlightenment and bolster the rule of Jewish supremacy. One cannot denounce scientists, artists and writers for needing public recognition and esteem. But one can say that it’s worth paying attention to the phony part of the ceremony, the self-righteousness and arrogance of its organizers and the pretense that everything here is fine and normal and the way it should be. And one may request: Don’t be a part of this criminal normalization.

Israel is not the last country whose national holiday rests upon continuous wrongdoing to others. It is not the only product of settler colonialism........

© Haaretz

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