Monday, January 05, 2009

Teach the Children...

We hear much about how many Arabs and Palestinians bring up their children to hate Jews and Israelis and there's more than a kernel of evidence that this does indeed happen. But most things are two way streets and below's a video showing that Jews are far from above this kind of thing. To Simon and Garfunkel's lovely tune:


At 11:53 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Some of those pictures are really inexcusable - religious settlers teaching their children that Arabs should be abused and expelled, and letting little kids carry guns.

Some of the pictures, though, are out of context. For example, the pictures of children drawing on bombs wasn't as sinister as it seems. Also, some of the pictures are from military museums, and the kids are looking at the guns as in "wow, cool, a real gun", not "if only there was an Arab around to shoot". Military museums exist all over the world, not just in Israel.

When I was a kid, part of the fun of Independence Day was climbing up a real tank. Is this militarism? Perhaps. As akid, I always thought of the tanks as defending Israel, not about the killing part. It has been a while since tanks have been on display on Independence Day in my town. I don't know about other places.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Gert said...


I don't believe in the "innocent child" (a la Rousseau: the "noble savage"). My father was only six when the Nazis rolled through our home town of Antwerp (where I was born) and to this day recalls the visceral hatred he felt towards those occupying soldiers. Kids cotton on to things from very early on and learn a lot from their surrounding context (even if they may not understand it the same way we do).

This post is more a reaction against some of the propaganda along the lines of: "all Arabs teach their kids to hate Israel".


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