Sunday, May 16, 2010

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History for arabs but not for jews

Posted: 16 May 2010 04:32 AM PDT

In his famous speech in Cairo last year President Obama said: For decades then, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It's easy to point fingers -- for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought about by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: The only resolution is for the...


Posted: 15 May 2010 10:37 PM PDT

The NYT's public editor Clark Hoyt, today navigates "Semantic minefields." I had little doubt that at least one of those "minefields" would involve the Middle East, and I wasn't disappointed. No subject arouses reader passion more consistently than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and The Times navigates a semantic minefield with almost every story on the subject. When Cooper wrote this month about a lunch that Obama had with Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, she said the president was trying to mend fences with American Jews upset at the administration's stance against construction of "Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem."...

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