Today, I started to continue reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I learned about Freedom of Speech in the Israeli media and the propagation of racial stereotypes in school textbooks. My reading started by focusing on an event that occurred last year in the Israeli media. A columnist for the Jerusalem Post wrote an article supporting Palestinian terrorism as a justified response to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. He was promptly fired. The original article entitled “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror” can be found here. I can see the truth in the author’s arguments, but as a pacifist, I believe there is a better nonviolent solution – an integrated Israel (something I have alluded to in a previous post on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). From a larger perspective, it is disturbing to find that an author can loose his or her job for writing an article that simply articulates human nature in a time of conflict.
I discovered this interesting video from Alice in Wonder-Land blog on peace and justice in Palestine that contains a review of Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s examination of Israeli text books for containing racial archetypes. The video seems to confirm what I postulated in my previous blog post, that identifying and resolving racism is a key element of promoting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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