Tuesday, July 24, 2012

[INTER 2103] Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Commenting on the death of Faris Odeh, the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff said that the Palestinian response to Odeh's death is a manifestation of a "culture of death," in which the shahid, or martyr, is held in the highest regard.

This notion of a "culture of death" is often used by supporters of Israel to criticize Palestinian organizations, such as Hamas, and claim that "Israel does not have a partner for peace."

What is the difference between teaching Palestinian kids that it is good to die for the Palestinian cause and teaching Israeli kids that "it is good to die for our country"?

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