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"I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about....

"But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticise it is to be immediately dubbed anti-semitic, as if the Palestinians were not semitic. I am not even anti-white, despite the madness of that group."

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "Apartheid in the Holy Land," the British Guardian, April 29, 2002

"The five deaths two nights ago are prime examples of why the Israeli Defense Forces has checkpoints established on the West Bank borders of Israel. Daily there are either terrorist attacks or thwarted terrorists attacks originating from West Bank villages and refugee camps. The Palestinians in their PR war like to call these checkpoints methods of oppression. However, when viewed objectively, it is clear that these checkpoints are a matter of national security. This is simply a preventative check the Israelis perform to stop homicide bombers from entering Israel and succeeding in attacks on civilians.

"In the United States, we have similar checkpoints that many of us will experience in a few weeks as we fly home for Thanksgiving. After the events of Sept. 11, airport security is tighter than ever, and many of us find ourselves being spot checked three times before we board the plane. How many of us are screaming and accusing the airport security staff of ethnic cleansing? Exactly."

- Jonathan Goldberg, "Raise Your Hand if You Want Peace," The Michigan Daily, November 15, 2002

"The prophet Muhammad said that there is no peace with the enemy - the Israeli - so how can we live together?"

- A Palestinian woman in Hebron, three days after Palestinian terrorists fired on Jewish worshipers there (quoted on National Public Radio, November 18, 2002).

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