I found Simon W. Barker’s column in the April 1 edition of The Tech [“Hate in the Middle East”] very interesting; I certainly agree with him that, in order to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is necessary to confront and bring an end to the hatred that fuels it.
Where I disagree with him is in his assessment that anti-Jewish bigotry amongst the Arabs is the effect of the suffering of the Palestinians in the camps in Lebanon or throughout the Middle East. Prior to 1948, there were no such camps, nor were there any refugees, but there was certainly anti-Jewish bigotry of a genocidal magnitude amongst the Arabs, as evidenced by the active collaboration of the Arab Higher Committee, led by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, and the Nazi regime in Germany before and during World War II. It is this genocidal hatred for Jews, incited by demagogues like al-Husseini, or, more recently, by his nephew and successor as leader of the Palestinian national movement, Yasser Arafat, that fuels the conflict, and which must be confronted and ended if the conflict is ever to end.
Richard Kraus G