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September 18, 2009
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M Kelsey   September 19th, 2009 3:28 am ET

the Arab-Israeli fight over land and especially Jerusalem, seems to have no solution; however, I wondered if it wouldn't be possible to create Jerusalem as a city nation like Vatican City. the governmental structure should be international with particular emphasis on the Palestinians and the Israelis as the main players. Peace is possible. Jerusalem is a holy city among the three major Abrahamic religions and each must give something in order for this city to be restored to the world.

Dryer Vent Cleaning   September 19th, 2009 5:18 am ET

Excellent site, keep up the good work

Iris Lawton   September 20th, 2009 9:37 am ET

After wat'ching Amanpour's show about teaching Palestinian kids not to hate it seemed to me that there is no peace after all this time as it is not in the interest of Isreal to have peace. Instead by pushing the Palestinians down to the level of poverty and fear that now exists they are forcing the Palestinians to fight back. This benefits Isreal as every time these people fight back to get some dignity and a chance at a normal life Isreal has the excuse they want to continue building walls and keeping the people poor and in fear. This will continue until Isreal has taken all their land and killed or otherwise removed the Palestinians forever. Isreal will never want peace as forcing a war gives Isreal the excuse it wants to own the entire land for its self.

miriam   September 20th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

Shana tova!

CNN are you aware?

dideMoomy   September 22nd, 2009 2:54 am ET

I don't know If I said it already but ...Great site...keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I'm glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

A definite great read..


miriam   September 22nd, 2009 5:13 am ET


That programme was nothing more than another piece of Arab propaganda which will only enlist more extremists to their fight.

Poverty in Gaza has less to do with Israel and more to do with Egypt who ruled the area until 1967 and still controls a border, and the Palestinians, especially Hamas who rule the population with an iron fist.

During the years Israel controlled the strip, local residents refused Israeli projects to improve infrastructure and living conditions, prefering to boycott anything Israeli and perpetuate their own misery, with the help of UNRWA, in order to attract attention and promote opposition to Israel's existance.

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, leaving agricultural infrastructure such as hot-houses worth millions of dollars to help the local population. These were immediately destroyed. Hamas seized control from the PA in a brutal take-over, and an area which could have proven that the Palestinians were ready to build a state instead became a terrorist entity, killing innocents and suppressing the rights of Palestinians and at the same time intensifying the rocket fire into Israel, deliberately targeting innocent civilians.

Israel fought a war to protect her citizens who were dodging as many as 80 rockets a day after there was little effort by the international community to condemn or prevent such attacks.
After the war, Israel withdrew, with no attempt or desire to take the land.

Watching TV shows with a one-sided bias is not going to explain the real facts and history of the conflict.

There are communities in Israel who have been seen generations of kids grow-up in bomb-shelters, sent their kids to school only to be blown-up on buses on the way and, as in every society, there are those who are living in poverty and are disadvantaged. However, this has not resulted in the population teaching hate and forced the children, who also draw pictures of in-coming missiles and bombs, to turn to terrorism.

university rector   September 23rd, 2009 8:26 pm ET

This is what you should be reporting and not the facebook nonsense:

Hamas TV teaches kids to kill Jews

The two hosts of a Hamas children's TV program use three different words for "slaughter" to describe how to rid Israel of Jews. The bear puppet Nassur explains that all Jews must be "erased from our land," and the young host Saraa then specifies, "They'll be slaughtered."

Later in the conversation Nassur adds, "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land." He repeats, "...We'll have to [do it] by slaughter."

Three different Arabic expressions are used to describe the "slaughter" of the Jews: "Manhurin naher," "Nidbah-hom" and "Shaht."

The following is the transcript from the children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers:

Nassur: "There won't be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They'll be erased."
Saraa: "They'll be slaughtered." (Manhurin naher)
Nassur: "And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]... everyone will visit Jerusalem."

[Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, "died as a Shahid (Martyr)."]

Nassur to child on phone: "What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?"
Child on phone: "I want to kill them."
Saraa: "We don't want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land."
Nassur: "We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?"
Saraa: "Yes. That's right. We will expel them from our land using all means."
Nassur: "And if they don't want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we'll have to [do it] by slaughter." (Shaht)

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009

John A   October 10th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

University Rector, all you can do is post anti Arab hate mail. Funny thing is you accuse the Arabs of teaching hatred. You hypocrite!

Filipe   October 11th, 2009 9:24 am ET

John A,

Too bad you can't accept what Rector posts-– he isn't making it up. It's not his creation-he's only repeating facts.

Sometimes the truth hurts !!!

What's the problem??? Can't handle the truth??

You should address your concerns to those who teach this sort of hate, violence and bigotry-- then you wouldn't need to be concerned about others posting it for all to read !!!!

You know-- kill the problem at the root !!!!

John A   October 11th, 2009 12:40 pm ET

Filipe do you think your word is the truth and there is no other side to the story.

miriam   October 11th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

John A,

This isn't anti-Arab hate mail.
This is Hamas TV educational programming.
It is this stuff that explains your mass protest/overwhelming public opinion theories.

Filipe   October 12th, 2009 7:26 pm ET

John A,

My word??? What Rector posted wasn't my word !!! It was from Hamas TV !!!

So what's the other side to the story about the Hamas TV program teaching violence and hatred ???

Are you still confused ??? Maybe you should re-read the posts, slowly and in chronological order.

Then read again if necessary !!!

You may get it if you don't lose concentration-or is that a problem for you??

John A   November 1st, 2009 3:48 pm ET

No link to Hamas TV, so it is just your hateful words!!

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