The Roots of Hatred

(Newsday) The exasperated psychiatrist with the British passport he uses every two months to get out of Gaza because the place drives him nuts laments the spiralling anti-Semitism in Europe and the Arab world. "How could Israel believe we want to make peace when we talk about them in such a negative way and only make them more paranoid?" asked Eyad Serraj, one of Gaza's most widely respected intellectuals. "When you're so frightened, you only believe in the use of force to protect yourself. Israel is a culture of fear fed by Arab demagoguery, by Arabs' hateful slogans." But do Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other extremist Islamic group, really want to kill all the Jews? "Yes, of course, absolutely," he said.

2004-01-19 00:00:00

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