The following (reblogged from Jews Down Under) is a masterpiece, enlightening us as to the fallacy of symmetry between Israel and the Palestinians, or rather the Arabs. It is written by Dr. Michael Lumish (who blogs at the Times of Israel, Jews Down Under and at his own Israel Thrives blog) who expands on The Elder of Ziyon’s post taking issue with Peter Beinart confusing narrative and facts.
Read it all and you will understand how the Middle East conflict has become so distorted in the media, academia and international politics.
Speaking before a group of Democrats and progressives, former New Republic editor, Peter Beinart, said the following concerning conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson:
In 2008, when Tel Aviv University’s Shlomo Sand published a book called “The Invention off the Jewish People,” he was widely called anti-Semitic. When Adelson says the same about Palestinians, he’s a Republican rock star.
This is an example of what the Elder calls the “Assumed Symmetry Fallacy.”
I am not a logician and do not know of a formal name for this fallacy, but let’s call it the Assumed Symmetry Fallacy: the assumption that two sides – by virtue of their opposition – are falsely assumed to be symmetric.
This is a very important insight and one that we need to consider and discuss…
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