Confusion about 'enemies'

Confusion about 'enemies'

June 4th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

The terrorist group Hamas controls high schools in the Gaza Strip. So maybe it's not possible to muster a lot of surprise over the fact that some of those schools will offer a Hebrew language course this fall -- and have named the course "Know Your Enemy."

Cultural understanding -- much less peace -- between Israel and the Palestinians apparently will not be on the syllabus.

"We look at Israel as an enemy," the head of the Ministry of Education told The New York Times. "We teach our students the language of the enemy."

If there is enough interest among students, the course will be extended to all 180 high schools in Gaza.

No word on whether classes will be offered on "knowing" the real enemy of both Israelis and of Palestinians who would like to live in peace: Palestinian terrorists who routinely lob rockets at Israeli civilians.