Thursday, January 13, 2005

 

Kids say the darnedest things

There is a very interesting article by Akiva Eldar in today's Ha'aretz about Israeli children and their view of Palestinians. In it, Eldar focuses on Assi Sharabi's Ph.D. thesis for the London School of Economics, in which he asked Israeli children in three schools (on in a city, one in a settlement, and one in a secular kibbutz) to draw pictures and write an essay from the point of view of a Palestinian child writing about Israel. As you would expect, it is chock full of very depressing writing. It seems that at times children are able to filter complex ideas down to their very essence, and Eldar closes with a quote from a child's essay (a girl who actually decided to ignore the rules and write from her own perspective) that sums up the attitude of Israelis and hardcore supporters of Israel toward the Palestinians and their situation.
"It is necessary to reach a peace agreement and I don't understand why both we and they don't agree to sacrifice a few things and that way we could live together. It is necessary to look at the glass as half full and if not then to pour the glass that is half empty into a smaller glass and then it will be completely full."
Yes, keep giving the Palestinians smaller and smaller glasses until the droplet or two of water that you offer is more than it can hold. And then what will they have to complain about? Their cup will be overflowing!

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