Arabs Must Teach Peace

Why Arab education precludes peace with Israel

By RYAN JONES, Israel Today, July 28, 2008

The growing number of Israeli Arabs buying into the Palestinian narrative of a cruel and heartless Israel is further evidence of why there will never be true peace in this region as a result of man’s efforts.

Oh sure, pieces of paper headlined “Peace Agreement” will be signed, but on the ground there will be no peace.

Former US President John F. Kennedy said it best in an address to the UN General Assembly in 1963:

“But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people.”

If that is true, then Arab officials who are today pushing for written peace agreements are at the same time ensuring that true peace will remain elusive by training their people to hate.

An entire generation of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs today believes even the most unsubstantiated lies taught to them by their elders, educators and media. And these lies are not formulated to be temporary tactics in a short-lived conflict, but rather to engender life-long animosity toward Israeli Jews.

Some claim that Israel is no more innocent in this regard. But a cursory examination of after-school children’s programs on Israeli and Arab television shows that, in general, Israelis are educating for peace and coexistence, while the Arabs are educating for conflict.

A program titled “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” broadcast on a popular Hamas-controlled television station recently made waves after its beloved Mickey Mouse-like host was shown being “martyred” by Israelis. His replacement, a fuzzy bee character, said he desired to massacre the Jews for killing the mouse, and encouraged his young audience to aspire to the same violent hatred.

Meanwhile, the Israeli version of Sesame Street that airs every afternoon on Israeli television features Jewish and Arab characters living side by side in peace and harmony. The underlying theme in Sesame Street and other Israeli children’s programs is that while Israel is being forced to fight, it must not hate the Arabs, as it ultimately desires to coexist with them.

It is difficult to understand how anyone – from President Bush to the average Tel Aviv peace activist – can imagine there will ever be true peace here when only one side is educating for peace, while the other teaches that its negotiating partners are inherently evil.

Source: Israel Today

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