Mike Murphy: Degradation of Palestinians shocking to witness

Sole resistance open to Palestinian people against Israeli actions is to remain in place

Israeli security forces aim towards Palestinian protesters during clashes following a demonstration in  Bethlehem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli security forces aim towards Palestinian protesters during clashes following a demonstration in Bethlehem. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

During the late 1970s, when I was what could be called an emerging talent in RTÉ, I received a letter from Kader Asmal, later to become a government minister in the first South African rainbow government, asking me to lend my support to the anti-apartheid movement. Through lack of interest, or callowness, or the pressures of raising a young family, or a combination of all of the above, I ignored his invitation.

Ten years or so later, I had the opportunity, in South Africa, to drive the entire eastern coast to Cape Town, through the Bantustans which then existed. Needless to say, I was appalled at conditions in these open-air prisons, and I deeply regretted my lack of common decency.

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