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  •  Envisioning the future - a question for umkahlil (0+ / 0-)

    Clearly, the discussion of the one-state and two-state "solutions" involves an attempt to envision the results of each approach.  What is your opinion of the following language in the Hamas Covenant?:

    Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that.

    •  I do not care for the idea (5+ / 0-)

      of Palestine in a burqua, nor do many other secular Palestinians as witnessed by the outcry over the banning of the Palestinian folktales book from the schools.  It saddens me to see our colorful embroidered dress replaced by some of the dress I've seen lately.  

      •  Would you consider (2+ / 0-)
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        sofia, umkahlil

        discussing in future diaries some of the issues and events that are important in Palestinian society, other than the conflict with Israel? I think Americans tend to view Palestinians in a one-dimensional way simply as one side of the I/P conflict.

        A fuller understanding of the traditions, cultural trends and internal debates that characterize both Palestinians and Israelis could lead to a less caricaturish sense of both peoples. Americans, Israelis and Palestinians all need to do more listening and work harder at understanding each other if there is to be any hope of an outcome that everyone can live with.

        For example, as I have begun to read bits of your blog when time permits, I noticed this paragraph in which you seem to agree with my point:

        We Palestinian-Americans have no one to blame but ourselves for the appalling lack of ignorance about Palestine in our society. It is very hard to make inroads in a society that's so Zionised that only fifteen percent of Americans know that Bethlehem is a Palestinian town.

        Since you are an American, I don't know whether you are in a position to follow my suggestion, but I hope you will consider it. If you want to promote a Palestinian right of return, I don't think it's enough to dwell on the events of 1948, 1967 etc. or to evoke the nostalgia of refugees. It will be important to address the genuine issues and apprehensions of those who wonder what a Palestinian future would be like.

        I quoted above an indication of one possible future from the Hamas Covenant. Another viewpoint is found in the article you linked in your diary:

        My Palestinian father grew up in Jerusalem before Israel was founded and the Palestinians expelled, when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in peace and mutual respect. Recalling that past provides a vision for an alternative future -- one involving equal rights and tolerance, rather than the domination of one ethno-religious group over others.

        If these two outlooks represent an ongoing debate within Palestinian society, it is worth addressing, because the American attitude towards a Palestinian right of return is likely to be affected by the outcome of that debate. This is just one example of the kind of deeper insight into the Palestinian world that I would encourage.

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