Ex-UN Worker: Most People in Mideast Just Want Peace

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 03:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A former U.N. humanitarian worker who grew up as the daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother says she understands both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and that most Middle East residents simply want peace.

"Frankly, the people that I know just want to live their lives in peace, be economically successful and have a chance to strive,'' Clair Hajaj said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.


Story continues below video.


Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system
Click Here Now


"A lot of Palestinian children have been denied that . . . Are there some people that teach them to hate the Jews? Absolutely . . . Whenever I see that kind of thing, I feel a sense of rage inside me that these kids are not being given a chance.''

Hajaj — author of the new novel, "Ishmael's Oranges," published by Oneworld Publications — said she saw the inverse during a bus trip she took from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amid young Israelis joining the Israel Defense Forces.

"They've been taught by their families that Arabs are pigs, that they are all murderers, that the Palestinians are a lesser society, they don't know anything, they don't have any information, and they're just excited to [have] a video game experience of wanting to shoot some Arabs,'' she said.

"Do I think that represents the whole IDF? No. Do I think that represents all of Jewish society? No.''

Hajaj said that while Hamas committed a crime against Israel by showering key Israeli cities with rockets, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's deadly response is also a crime.

"And the moral high ground is not occupied by the person who committed the crime second. That just doesn't work.''

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Iraq Veteran: More 'Effective' US Action Against ISIS Coming

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 22:23 PM

The upcoming midterm elections have temporarily postponed a more concerted U.S. military campaign against the Islamic St . . .

Bernard Kerik: Police Need to Learn Ebola Protocol

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 22:00 PM

Police departments must quickly learn air-tight protocol when dealing with suspected cases of the Ebola virus , but that . . .

Danny Aiello: Childhood Eczema Made Me Hollywood Outsider

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 21:46 PM

Veteran actor Danny Aiello says he's always seen himself as "an outsider" who is not part of the slick Hollywood crowd , . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved