It’s provocative alright. It provokes me to righteous anger. Americans who want to teach Palestinians about nonviolence know little regarding the history of Palestine prior to the invasion by European Jews. For centuries, Jews, Christians, and Muslims had lived together peacefully prior to the meddling by European and American power brokers, who took real estate not belonging to them and gave it to foreign invaders.
Until now in Palestine during the Ramadan season when Muslims are fasting from daybreak to sunset the majority of Christian owned restaurants close out of respect for the hunger of their Muslim neighbors. During my five years living in Palestine, I did not hear one insulting remark from Muslims concerning their Christian neighbors. This mutual regard and consideration for other religions permeates the entire culture including how schools are administered. Muslims have Friday and Saturdays off from school, Christians have Saturdays and Sundays.
I could write an article about the inherent non-violence of Palestinians, both Christians and Muslims, that I’ve witnessed during a lifetime of intimate involvement with them.
It would be better for Americans to go and live among them to learn how we can be more accommodating to others and curtail much of our cowboy frontier violence. As an American I’ve witnessed our violence first hand.