Tuesday, July 11, 2006

While Arab intellectuals who openly talk about the futility of the Arab-Israeli conflict ( and about the need for Palestinian leaders to lead their people to a state of their own, education and prosperity rather than to self-destruction and misery ) form a small minority within the Arab world, they are not entirely on their own anymore. Every now and then we can hear and read about courageous men and women who dare to criticize their leaders' use of the conflict for their own interests, and who urge their peoples to face reality and accept the existence of the Jewish state. According to this article on Ynet, Youssef Ibrahim, an American-Arab journalist, goes very far in this criticism. If only more ordinary Arabs ( and Muslims ) were able and willing to really hear what men and women like Mr Ibrahim have to say.

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