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30Jan/09

Democratic accountability in Gaza

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Democratic accountability in Gaza

Jan. 28, 2009
NIR BOMS and SHAYAN ARYA , THE JERUSALEM POST

Nearly two years after Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, and in return started a new round of terror that triggered an IDF military operation in Gaza, a fragile cease-fire has set the last word of another chapter in this tragic conflict. The airwaves are still filled with footage of war and carnage, with crying women and children and with debates about body counts. Yes, there is a tragic story to be told. War, even when justified, brings much injustice with it. But there is also an important lesson to be learned, and a hope that this time it will not be completely missed by the rioting Arab street. Continue reading

10Jan/09

Rights and Refugees

Executive Summary:

•    A fifty year old Muslim religious edict has been resurrected which offers a chance of a religious breakthrough in Arab‐Israeli relations.

• The Fatwa recognizes the existence of Israel as a fait accompli similar to other lands where Muslims formerly ruled. In doing so, it rejects the Palestinian “Right of Return” and in turns calls for equal right for Palestinian refugees in Arab countries.

• The Fatwa offers an alternative theological viewpoint countering the mainstream line of theological rejection of Israel and it can have implications beyond this specific case study in terms of Islamic attitudes towards territories that were previously conquered by Muslims.

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09Dec/08

Eduquer à la tolérance

Mis en ligne le 08/12/2008

De nombreux livres scolaires d’Arabie saoudite ou de Palestine présentent “l’autre” en tant qu’ennemi du peuple. Pas au Quatar et en Tunisie où ils poussent à la tolérance.

L’âme de l’Europe est la tolérance”, déclarait Angela Merkel à la cérémonie officielle de célébration du 50e anniversaire du Traité de Rome. “Notre histoire”, a-t-elle ajouté, “nous oblige à promouvoir la tolérance non seulement à travers l’Europe, mais sur la terre entière et à aider tous ceux qui la mettent en œuvre”. Madame Merkel n’est pas la seule. D’autres leaders européens s’expriment également souvent sur la valeur de la tolérance, comme il est de bon ton de le faire. Mais dans quelle mesure ces prises de position sont-elles traduites en politiquesconcrètes? Continue reading