Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

An Analogy

From the Israeli daily, Haaretz, “Netanyahu met with the Quartet's Middle East envoy Tony Blair yesterday to discuss ways to improve the Palestinian economy. Netanyahu told Blair that the West Bank's Palestinian residents could achieve more if they were to increase their cooperation with Israel.

The Israeli Prime Minister telling the Palestinians that they could achieve more if they were to cooperate with Israel is like a wife-beater telling his wife that they could get along better if she just listens and cooperates a little more.

I don't think the answer is the battered woman cooperating, but the answer is more likely the wife-beater stopping his abusive and violent patterns.