Monday, June 1, 2009

Odd history

Zomblog has this post on a bit of guerrilla advertising. One added ballon quote reads, in part, "Since 1967, Israel has maintained the world's longest currently-existing military occupation."

From Free Tibet:
The invasion of Tibet began in 1949. Chinese occupation has resulted in the death of over one million Tibetans, the destruction of over 6,000 monasteries, nunneries and temples, and the imprisonment and torture of thousands of Tibetans.
Either the anti-Israel folks have a funny way of defining "military" or they're counting from 1948, not 1967.


Rebecca said...

I think in many cases they are counting from 1948. Our local pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel group talks about occupation since 1948 - implying, to my mind, that Israel itself is entirely illegitimate.

Matt said...

Certainly, plenty of people do say the occupation has lasted since 1948. They are saying that Israel's existence in immoral, and I have real problems with that.

Here, though, they claim that the occupation has lasted since 1967 and that it's the "longest..." It's hard here to know exactly what they mean. Is it a stupid mistake? Or a malicious one? Or (my expectation) a stupid mistake with malicious undertones?