Reasons We Don’t Have Peace #26: Coexistence Is Bad, M’kay?

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Seriously, these kinds of reports seem like a parody – except without the humor.

Palestinian teenage girls are facing ridicule and hate for attending a summer camp for coexistence in the US. The camp, which brings Palestinian and Israeli girls together, is organized by Creativity for Peace, an organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2003, up to 20 Israeli and Palestinian girls, aged 15 to 17, each year have participated in the Creativity for Peace camp.

Photos of the Israeli and Palestinian girls enjoying their time together have enraged many Palestinians and other Arabs, who took to social media to express their disgust and outrage over the event and hurl abuse at the Palestinian participants.

The angry reactions to the joint Palestinian-Israeli camp in the US should be seen in the context of the Palestinians’ strong opposition to all forms of “normalization” with Israel.

The Palestinian girls who attended the coexistence camp are being accused, among other things, of injuring the feelings of their people by “promoting normalization” with the Israeli “enemy.”

Palestinian activists have waged a long-standing war against any form of “normalization” with Israel. Activists have repeatedly targeted even meetings between Israelis and Palestinians, especially in Ramallah and east Jerusalem, on the pretext that such encounters pave the way for “normalization” with Israel.

Some of these activists have resorted to threats, intimidation and violence to prevent such meetings from taking place.

At the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem, for example, two years ago, a group of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists tried to hold a conference. Just before the conference began, Palestinian activists stormed the hall. They chanted slogans against “normalization” with Israel and forced participants to call off the event. This was not the first incident of its kind at the hotel.

Or take the case of another group of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists who tried to hold a conference in Al-Bireh (the twin city of Ramallah), in 2014.

There, too, Palestinian protesters forced participants to cancel the meeting after attacking the hall and hurling abuse, especially at Palestinian “traitors” attending the conference. Palestinian Authority policemen had to rescue the Israeli peace activists and escort them out of the city out of concern for their safety.

As far as the enemies of “normalization” are concerned, those girls are nothing more than criminals. They played with Israeli girls, danced with them, and they even watched movies and went shopping together. Rising to the height of criminality — the biggest slap in the face of their people — these Palestinian teens shared sleeping quarters with the Israeli girls.

On social media, these Palestinian girls and their families are being condemned as “traitors” and “prostitutes.” Those are only some of the insults leveled against them, especially on innumerable Facebook accounts.

Read the whole, damn depressing thing.

You see? This kind of thing is falling on deaf ears on the other side.

Meanwhile, I do not recall even one time ever reading about or seeing such condemnation from palestinians or other Arabs of, say, the Hamas and Fatah child abuse terror camps.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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