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September 12, 2016

Rarely Highlighted in the Mainstream Media are Genuine Palestinian Peace-Seekers

Sheikh Abdullah Tamimi

One topic that is rarely covered in the mainstream media are attempts by genuine Palestinian peace-seekers to find a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Unlike PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is usually the one the media touts as a peaceful, moderate Palestinian leader, these Palestinians do not believe in nurturing a culture of grievance and victimology, do not believe in boycotting Israel, and do not believe that incitement against Israel and Jews is the answer.

Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh highlights Sheikh Abdullah Tamimi, one such Palestinian peace-seeker, in an article for the Gatestone Institute. He points out that:

Tamimi and his colleagues do not believe in boycotts and divestment. They are convinced that real peace can be achieved through dialogue between Palestinians and all Israelis -- not just those who are affiliated with the left-wing. The Israeli left-wing, they contend, does not have a monopoly over peace-making.

For Tamimi, real peace begins between the people and through economic cooperation and improving the living conditions of the Palestinians. This, he explains, is more important than the talk about the establishment of a Palestinian state, which he believes, under the current circumstances, is not a realistic option.

Unfortunately, Tamimi -- "who hails from an influential clan in Hebron"-- has been disowned by his clan. Still, according to Abu Toameh:

Tamimi's is not a lone voice in the desert. He represents an increasing number of Palestinians who have lost confidence in their leaders' ability to improve their living conditions and achieve peace and stability in the region. These Palestinians support the idea of "economic peace" between the two peoples -- a notion that goes against the ideas of the advocates of "anti-normalization" and others in the West obviously acting against the true interests of the Palestinians by promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Read about the honest and courageous cleric here.

Posted by RH at September 12, 2016 01:24 PM


It is so amazing, and refreshing to read about people like Sheikh Abdullah Tamimi. I hope more will make themselves known and be counted. God knows, we need more of such voices. I pray the Lord protects him as he boldly declares his stand.

Posted by: R.Hadassah at September 13, 2016 01:24 PM

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