You are here:  Home  >  Mid. East news  >  Current Article

It’s Time to Stop Infantilizing the Palestinians

By   /   June 23, 2014  /   No Comments

    Print       Email


It’s Time to Stop Infantilizing the Palestinians – Alan Johnson
(dailyalert.org, Jun.23, 2014)

Despite the jubilant reaction of many Palestinians to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenage boys, the Palestinians will likely pay a very small price in the international community or global public opinion. Why? Because a mindset has taken root in the West that treats the Palestinians as children – “the pathology of paternalism” it has been called. It assumes that Israelis have responsibility and choice, while Palestinians do not.

This kind of thinking casts the Palestinians as passive victims and discounts the threats Israel faces. The Palestinians remain perpetually below the age of responsibility. But if the Palestinians are treated as children, never held accountable for cultivating a culture of hate, then they will never make compromises for peace. And without those compromises, Israel will not take risks for peace. Nor should it. The writer is the editor of Fathom, published by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM). (Telegraph-UK)


    Print       Email
  • Published: 7 years ago on June 23, 2014
  • By:
  • Last Modified: June 23, 2014 @ 8:51 am
  • Filed Under: Mid. East news

Leave a Reply

You might also like...

Was the Soleimani Killing a Policy Success?Mona Charen (Patriot Post)

Read More →