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Trump on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Who is REALLY Teaching Their Children to Hate?

Fast forward the above video to about 33:05…Donald Trump, in his “town hall” appearance televised over MSNBC on Wednesday night, said that children on “one side in particular” in the Palestine-Israel conflict are “growing up and learning that these are the worst people.”

He apparently believes this applies to the Palestinian side, for a moment later he adds: “I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day. (He) says (a peace agreement is) impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they are children to hate Jewish people.”


I don’t know who the “prominent Israeli” Trump spoke with is. He doesn’t name the person. But I would like to suggest to Donald Trump that he get a copy of the 2011 book Palestine in Israel School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, by Nurit Peled-Elhanan, for in this book he would learn some astonishing facts about the teaching of hate to children–Israeli Jewish children, that is.

Peled-Elhanan, a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, made a study of Israeli school textbooks and discovered that they are filled with racist portrayals of Palestinians–who the textbooks refer to derogatorily as “Arabs.” She believes the portrayals are intended to prepare young Israelis for military service.

“The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don’t pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don’t want to develop,” Peled-Elhanan said in an interview with The Guardian. “The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”

She found such portrayals, she says, in “hundreds and hundreds” of books.

“People don’t really know what their children are reading in textbooks. One question that bothers many people is how do you explain the cruel behaviour of Israeli soldiers towards Palestinians, an indifference to human suffering, the inflicting of suffering. People ask how can these nice Jewish boys and girls become monsters once they put on a uniform. I think the major reason for that is education. So I wanted to see how school books represent Palestinians.”

One of the most objectionable things she found is how the history of the founding of the state is taught, the retelling of the events of 1948, including the massacre at Deir Yassin.


“It’s not that the massacres are denied, they are represented in Israeli school books as something that in the long run was good for the Jewish state,” says Peled-Elhanan.

“For example, Deir Yassin was a terrible slaughter by Israeli soldiers. In school books they tell you that this massacre initiated the massive flight of Arabs from Israel and enabled the establishment of a Jewish state with a Jewish majority. So it was for the best. Maybe it was unfortunate, but in the long run the consequences for us were good.”

The result? Children grow up and internalize a message–that Palestinians are “people whose life is dispensable with impunity. And not only that, but people whose number has to be diminished.”

Peled-Elhanan is the daughter of the famed Israeli General Matti Peled. Whether that makes her sufficiently “prominent” in Donald Trump’s eyes I do not know, but if Trump does get elected, and if he does plan to give a peace agreement “one hell of a shot” it would be much to his advantage to learn all he possibly can about Israeli culture and particularly its pervasive racism.

Embarking upon such a study just might lead Trump to an understanding of why the conflict in Occupied Palestine has proven to be “the toughest deal in the world right now to make.”

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8 Responses to "Trump on the Israel-Palestine Conflict"

  1. Dan  February 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    damn hippie, they’re taught from their mother’s knee to hate you and me, too, on the grounds we hate them for being so much smarter than we are. This was told to me in a regretful manner by an old Jewish gentleman from NYC decades ago.

  2. Bruce Prentis  February 20, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Herr Drumpf is nothing but controlled opposition. His father worked for the Khazarian Mafia in Jew York back in the day. His Zionist masters put him in the “race”to make the “useless goyim”think they have a voice/choice in their government. Dr. Henry Makow wrote a really good expose’on Trump and his heritage. The democracy is a huge lie sold to the goyim so they don’t wake up and revolt while ask the while what truly exists is Bolshevik communism. The true capital of JUSA is Tel Avi. The JUSA is nothing but the vassal bully for IS= REAL-HELL.

  3. Worker Bee  February 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    “This is a “legal” means of avoiding debt.”

    It is common for developers to build projects with an LLC corporation, so if things go bad they can pull the plug and leave others holding the bag. And these others are not investors gambling on a high return, but the architects, engineers, and contractors working on the project; and they are fortunate to make more than a 5% profit on such work even when they get fully paid.

  4. Eddie  February 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    He, Trump, is playing the voters for fools pretending he’s not an Israeli stooge. But his comments on Palestine reveals all.

    He comes out with the standard propaganda line that all zio-scum assets are trained to spew. I wonder how Trump would feel if the Israelis blew his limbs off and then accused him of being an obstacle in the peace process.

  5. davor  February 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Trump could certainly provoke the unimaginable, that Jews globally start to oppose the Israelis on a large scale. However hot heads like Bush or Clinton could provoke it as well by just exponentially militarizing everyone everywhere like they do it so well. Netanyahu is already achieving that. It is really challenging to throw in a hot-headed president these days, surely would not be a smart move by USA administration, but they never cared for smart, especially giving G.Bush the second mandate. Except that when he issues another psycho-inquisition one “you are either with us or with the terrorists” he might get to hear only his echo.

  6. Howie  February 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    If it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a (Donald) duck… well you get the picture.

    The idea that the U.S has a democratically elected president is an illusion.

  7. Beydety  February 19, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Trump is just there to make you think you have an opposition. In reality, US politics is nothing like what it looks like, the POTUS is chosen years ahead of an election. Clinton is your next president.

  8. Well Aware  February 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I ran into a high school friend the other night-american jew, father worked/was part of ADL. Apparently he detested his heritage so much, he renounced his roots, married an Irish woman, changed his name even in his birth certificate(didn’t know that was possible)speaks with an Irish accent(I guess he lived there long enough and worked hard to become Irish)
    I knew his dad was big in the ADL from seeing him on the news, he passed away a few years ago-anyway, not sure if he hated his dad, jews, israel, or whatever, but I congratulated him on leaving-

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