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September 13, 2006

Homegrown Hatred

CAMERA often raises the issue of overt anti-Jewish and anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian mosques, television, schools and textbooks.

Such incitement is extremely dangerous, because schools and the mass media efficiently spread the venemous message to large chunks of Palestinian public.

But at the same time, there is a hidden incitement, less noticable, but perhaps even more damaging. It is a homegrown hatred passed from parent to child behind closed doors in the homes of Palestinian extremists.

New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg sat in one of these homes, and described what he witnessed in the Sept. 11 issue of the magazine:

As we sat in Abu Hussein's living room, he pulled his son, Hussein, close to him. Hussein is a spirited ninth grader whose passion, he told me, is drawing. "I want him to finish his studies, but if he happens to die I don't have a problem," his father said, "so long as he dies as a martyr, and on the condition that he takes Jews with him when he dies. I will be happy if he dies this way." ...

"We're happy to sacrifice our families to win this battle."

Hussein said, "I'm his only son, and he wants me to die!" Then he laughed and put his arm around his father.

Posted by at September 13, 2006 11:12 AM


Why does the West not see it this way? Why do we pretent that others think and act exactly like we?
Why do we believe that religion does not play a major role in peoples lives whether for good or for evil depending on which believe you adhere to?

Posted by: Andy at September 13, 2006 02:52 PM

I'm constantly reminded that arabs don't love their own children.

Posted by: Myackie at September 15, 2006 12:43 PM

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