Behind the curtain

A climactic moment in The Wizard of Oz is when Toto pulls aside the green curtain, and exposes a man turning levers which he had been using to fool people into thinking he was a wizard. An angry Dorothy shouts, "You are a very bad man." To which the wizard replies, "No, my dear, I am a very good man; I am just a very bad wizard." Israelis and their leaders may be good people, and so far they have been pretty skillful wizards in dealing with Palestinians. But one day the curtain that hides their strategy will be fully pulled away and they will be revealed as a government and a people who, in their quest for national security, have violated the human rights of an entire population.


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