Palestine still ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

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Editor’s note: This post is an abridged version of John Pilger’s address to the Palestinian Expo in London last Saturday (pictured above). Pilger’s earlier documentary “Palestine Is Still the Issue” can be viewed below.

By John Pilger, TruthDig, 10 July 2017

Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them.

One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter.

“Arabs,” they said, “nomads.” The words were almost spat out. Israel, they said, meaning Palestine, had been mostly wasteland, and one of the great feats of the Zionist enterprise was to turn the desert green.

They gave as an example their crop of Jaffa oranges, which was exported to…

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