|On the East Jerusalem campus of Al Quds University|
on Tuesday [Credit: Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis]
What are the chances for peace so long as the Palestinian president encourages this and Western government continue to fund him without criticism?... During his press conference in Jerusalem today on the “peace process,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israel again, but did not place any emphasis at all on the fact that the Palestinian Authority tolerates (and in many cases actively encourages) incitement to kill Jews. One hopes that U.S. diplomats... will draw his attention to the shocking photos below. They were taken yesterday afternoon by a subscriber to this list that I know well and whom was at Al-Quds University yesterday. They were taken on the university campus and it has been confirmed to me that the persons in them are current university students.As we view the students trampling Israeli flags underfoot, it's worthwhile to recall that about a third of the 14,000 students enrolled at Al-Quds University are Arab citizens of Israel.
Some more images, all from Tom Gross' site:
|The Nazi salute is routine in their circles: Al Quds University this past Tuesday|
|Not a functioning weapon, though what it conveys is clear enough: Al Quds University this past Tuesday|
|The map on the poster makes evident that the call is for PA control of all of Israel, plus.|
Al Quds University, this past Tuesday
|The portraits on the poster at Al Quds University are of deceased terrorists. Al Quds University, this past Tuesday|
[All images - credit: Tom Gross Mideast Media Analysis]
Al-Quds is a Palestinian university in east Jerusalem. It is often hailed as a “liberal” or “moderate” university by western diplomats and journalists. It was established with the help of Israel in 1984, along with other universities Israel helped set up for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with the aim of increasing the educational level of Palestinians. Academics and students (including, quite possibly, some in these photos) have received and continue to receive grants from European governments, charities and foundations. Al-Quds University is also currently in partnership with liberal (and largely Jewish) institutions in the U.S., including Brandeis University and Bard College.Imagine, just imagine (since imagination is what it takes) that young Palestinian Arabs, beneficiaries of the best education available in their environment, were in the vanguard of the peace movement. Now reflect on the reality - on the sight of students throwing their arms in the air, Nazi style, holding mock weapons and strutting in quasi-military-style uniforms. Peace takes no part in the message they seek to convey - quite the opposite. Our personal experiences with Palestinian Arab university students in public events reinforce us in that depressing viewpoint.
Tom Gross finishes with these words:
These kinds of scenes can be seen regularly at Palestinian universities and elsewhere in the West Bank but Western news organization strenuously avoid reporting on them. As long as the Palestinian Authority encourages such demonstrations and the university authorities tolerate them, it is doubtful there can ever be peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Peace which presumably we all want... I am sure that the president of Al-Quds University, Sari Nusseibeh, who is a relative moderate, as well as the university’s trustees such as Saeb Erekat – who is the chief Palestinian negotiator with the Israelis in the current peace talks – don’t exactly approve of these demonstrations by students – if only for PR reasons. But the fact that they are helpless to stop them doesn’t bode well for the future of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence.