ISRAEL, PALESTINE, AND THE U OF M 

ISRAEL, PALESTINE, AND THE U OF M

PASSIONS AND INTERESTS from the New York Times "...When you actually talk to people on both sides...you find that they still desperately want choices-- even if their leaders tell them they have none. I interviewed young fighters from Yasir Arafat's Tanzim militia. What I remember most was when one of them, Anas Assaf, became emotional. Once was when I asked him what would happen if Israel threw out Mr. Arafat. Palestinians would turn the area into a 'hell' for Israel, he shot back. The other was when he talked about his dream of going to the University of Memphis, where his uncle lived, 'to study engineering.'....That is the whole story: Anas is ready to die for Yasir Arafat but wants to live for the University of Memphis. He has interests and passions, and it is possible to alter the balance between them...." To read balance of article, CLICK HERE. (Or go to http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/02/opinion/02FRIE.html)

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