Posted on February 3, 2014
by Steve Berube
Today is a really big day for you – its Super Bowl Sunday! Your new ad for Soda Stream is going to be broadcast into millions of people’s homes! It must be so exciting for you!
I want to thank you. You and Stephen Harper (By the way, in case you didn’t know, he is the Prime Minister of Canada) have done what many of us have been trying to do but have been incapable of – you have started people seriously talking about the situation in Israel and Palestine!
When I heard that you had taken the job with SodaStream, I was reminded of a conversation with a restaurant owner in Capernaum. I had told him I was a human rights observer in Bethlehem. As I walked away he called me back and asked, “Sometimes we hear in the news that Palestinians have problems getting through the Checkpoints. Is that true?” I thought, “Holy Crap—! He really doesn’t know!” (Actually, I thought something else but I am a minister and I really shouldn’t use profanity.)
As it was for him – so it is for you. You appear to be blind to the reality of the majority of Palestinians. I suspect you have heard stories about the problems created for Palestinians by the longest occupation in the world but you dismissed them. Or maybe, you have just chosen to accept SodaStream’s version of the situation.