The peace problem, in two stories
1. Auschwitz trip: ‘I have no regrets,’ says Palestinian professor
Professor Mohammed Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance to both Palestinians and Israelis. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick holiday abroad.
Professor Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organised group of Palestinian youths going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be forgotten.”
But the trip was explosive news to some, perhaps more so because it took place as US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were in danger of collapse, and emotion surrounding the decades-old conflict is high.
Controversy was also heightened by rumours – untrue – that the trip was paid for by Jewish organisations. It was paid for by the German government.
2. Hamas praises fatal Hebron attack, warns of more:
The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.
Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians….
“We tell the enemy and anyone who thinks he is able to tame the West Bank … the West Bank will be the future point of our struggle with the enemy,” Haniyeh said.
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Take the Nobel Peace Prize from that undeserving incompetent who has done nothing to further any prospects for peace (in fact, has done the opposite) and give it to Mohammed Dajani. What a remarkable man.
Fear not, the Palestinians will have their hate to keep them warm at night.
I’d love to see a comparison of Professor Mohammed Dajani’s trip, the reaction, and the impact on the students with the trip from the US that was earlier protested against. It seems we give way too much power and attention to those that pretend to want to work towards peace, and not enough to those that are actually, actively and quietly working to bring it about.
“If you can see the things you gave your life to, broken,
and stoop and build them up with worn-out tools…”
People like Professor Mohammed Dajani may yet save their people and their religion from the barbarians.
The “religion” can’t be saved. The book and practices it is based on are themselves barbaric.The people, once they rid themselves of the “religion”, they’ll do okay.
Exactly. A “religion” that makes people barbaric cannot be saved from barbarians.
It’s a good thing we don’t treat people like Professor Dajani that way in the United States. We have more class than that.
History plainly shows us that peace is not possible with Islamists. Aggression and conquest (as well as slavery, racism, misogyny and hatred of other religion) are written into their core texts.
History shows that giving up land to Islamists doesn’t work, help or solve the problem. Israel has given up as much as 70% of its allotted homeland given by this international body (Jordan which was to be Arab Palestine) in order to achieve peace with Islam. Gaza and the West Bank are actually illegally occupied by Arab aggressors. *Map – http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wXDx9TVRBL8/SXIBq78o7gI/AAAAAAAAAuo/RgfAp6q4mXc/s400/IsraelMapReduction1922-mandate_for_palestine.jpg
Keep in mind the FACT that both of these portions of land legally belonged to Israel – but Israel (foolishly, futilely) gave up 70% for peace.
History shows Israel has as much right to exist as Pakistan. Both nations were created by an international agreement to try to protect India and Israel from rabid Islamists.
History shows Islamists do not honor their agreements and treaties with non-Islamists…or with anyone for that matter. The ‘Palestinians’ are currently in violation of 11 of 15 of their agreements with Israel.
History shows the character of the followers of Islam. They aggress against their neighbors. They slaughter each other as regularly as they do other people groups. There have been 22,700+++ murderous jihad attacks since 9/11/01 – killings in every nation of the world where Islam is allowed to fester and metastasize.
History shows Islam is a radical racist ideology that practices misogyny, pedophilia, bestiality, torture, murder, lies, racism, rape, aggression, genocide, dishonest treaties, slavery, drug, porn and sex trade. Islam has constantly committed human rights abuses since its inception. Islam and its practices should be banned among civilized nations.
I’m not a book burner (actually a hoarder), but the Koran and Hadiths should be burned everywhere, madrassas shut, mosques razed, and the people catechized into the One True Faith.
You’re right, Uncle, the source of the problem is the books of Islam.Get rid of the books, and there’s a good chance of changing the culture. Lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.
For anyone wishing to take a mental vacation from reality, tickets are being sold by Professor Mohammed Dajani to float down the river on his barge. Which river? The river called “De Nile”!
My thoughts are that Professor Mohammed Dajani is either a functioning atheist or a low functioning academic – perhaps both.
Islamic theology mandates hatred and murder towards Jews & Christians, so what was the intent of Professor Dajani? Encouraging empathy? The man lives in a culture that celebrates people who kill babies and pregnant women, calling them hero’s. He will be lucky to escape this ill-conceived adventure with his life – this is the teaching his students will gain.
Hamas’s attack was to remind the people where their Koran-mandated duty really lies.
Occasionally, the tug of elemental human dignity pulls an individual above the cesspool of Islam, even among “Palestinians.” Maybe that’s the case here.
So regarding the first story, this is exactly the role some have argued Germany is morally required because Germany owes Jews everywhere and for all time, and more to the point, it is by teaching the Palestinians the errors of Germany’s ways that Germany can do actual good here without interfering with Israel’s resolving its own problems.
OK, but obviously it’s not particularly popular with Palestinians.
The ungracious character and mindset of the Islamists is revealed in the takeover of the Temple Mount by Hamas preventing them to be there for Passover and other holy days and forbidding Jews to pray there at any time.
Petty, nasty, bitter.
I blame Israel for that, Uncle. The Muslims can bitch, gripe, whine, moan, and cavil all they want. Temple Mount is as Jewish as unleavened bread and bitter herbs.If the Israeli government insists on submitting itself to absurd Islamic demands in re Temple Mount, what else do you expect the vicious, rock-throwing Muslim bastards to do but take the advantage they are given. Israel is worried about Muslims waging war because of Temple Mount. New flash, dude: they’re already waging war against you!
Your land, your territory, your frickin’ rules. IF they don’t like it, well, they own the rest of the MidEast and have made hellholes of it. Let them go there.
“Land for Peace”.
When did this ever work out for Israelis? All they have done utilizing this formula is to give the enemy more staging grounds for their hateful terrorism of the innocents.