Det burde vært en historie om håp. En palestinsk professor tar med studentene sine til Auschwitz for at de skal forstå hva som har preget jøders oppfattelse siden annen verdenskrig. Uten en forståelse er ikke fred mulig.
Professor Mohammed Dajani var forberedt på at noen ville reagere, men ikke på voldsomheten og den massive fordømmelsen, fra hans eget universitet, palestinske myndigheter og vanlige palestinere.
Al-Quds University issued a statement saying Professor Dajani and the students were not representatives of the university. Palestinian universities cut off all ties with Israeli counterparts some years ago to protest Israeli actions
An online version of an article about the trip published in the major Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds was taken down by the publishers, reportedly because of the invective in the comments section.
One reader said that taking Palestinian students to Auschwitz was not freedom of expression, but treason. Critics of the trip also included newspaper columnists, TV analysts and fellow researchers in the West Bank.
Slike historier er svært dårlig PR for palestinerne, men palestinerne selv ser ikke ut til å forstå det, og deres venner i Vest, som i Norge, tror at solidaritet betyr fortielse. Denne siden ved det palestinske samfunnet er en vesentlig faktor i israelernes mistro til palestinerne.
På toppen av det hele var israelske studenter på besøk hos palestinerne for å høre om deres lidelser.
While the Palestinian students were visiting Auschwitz, a parallel group of Jewish Israeli students from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University were taken to Bethlehem to hear Palestinians from the Dheisheh refugee camp tell their story. The responses of both groups of students – Israelis and Palestinians – will then be analysed.
Dajani er en spesiell mann. Han var glødende revolusjonær i Fatah, men har siden kommet på andre tanker.
A firebrand in the Fatah political movement when he was young, Professor Dajani said he is now a proponent of moderate Islam and moderate politics. He founded a group dedicated to both, called Wasatia, in 2007. His writing and conversation are filled with references to tolerance, reconciliation and dialogue. He supports two states for two peoples and thinks Jerusalem should be shared by Israelis and Palestinians.
“He is a theologian and a pragmatist, and in that regard, he is unique here. He is also extremely brave,” said Matthew Kalman, a commentator at the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz who broke the story of the Auschwitz trip.
Dajani sier han ikke kommer til å gi opp. En av studentene på turen forteller at den hadde en sterk virkning.
A university student who went on the trip but asked not to be named because of the charged atmosphere said the visit changed him. “You feel the humanity. You feel the sympathy of so many people killed in this place because of their race or religion.
“Most people said we shouldn’t go,” the student added. “It is a strange thing for a Palestinian to go to a Nazi death camp. But I would recommend the trip.” He said it did not diminish his desire for a Palestinian state.
Ikke alle palestinske representanter var like negative til turen, men når de i neste omgang understreket at de rette folkene måtte ha kontrollen, kunne man lure på hva deres agenda egentlig var.