Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Start Date: 24th Jan 2008 8:30pm
Description: This House Believes That The State of Israel has a Right to Exist
In Proposition -
* Norman Finkelstein ['Hezbollah represents the hope']
* Prof Ted Honderich ['...the Palestinians have had a moral right to their terrorism as certain as was the moral right, say, of the African people of South Africa against their white captors and the apartheid state']
In Opposition -
* Ghada Karmi [One State Solution]
* Ilan Pappe ['Indeed the struggle is about ideology, not about facts.']
At least the presence of Karmi and Pappe actually make sense. If I were in the area, I'd go.
My emailer writes: "I am puzzled, why hold a debate on Israel with four anti-Semites, two on each side?" It certainly is a devious way of moving the ground of the debate and defining where the acceptable terms lie, as well as creating a rather odd and artificial middle ground. (There's actually a name for this, or at least a principle someone defined that was making the rounds of the blogosphere discussion not long ago. I'm quite sure I linked to it, but for the life of me I can't recall the details at the moment...)
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