Teaching Hatred of Americans

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Teaching Hatred of Americans

November 26, 2001

No one is born hating, but too many are taught to hate.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

One thing we’ve learned since September 11th is that in some unexpected places children are taught to hate us.

Recently, The New York Times (October 19, 2001) reported that in Saudi Arabia, tenth graders are warned of “the dangers of having Christian and Jewish friends,” and in Pakistan, a million children attending religious schools are taught to “distrust and even hate the United States.” (October 14, 2001)

Our planet is increasingly crowded – six billion people practicing hundreds of faiths and identifying with countless ethnic backgrounds. Either we all learn to respect one another, or else we’ll be doomed to more deadly acts inspired by blind hatred.

Our government needs to begin addressing this pressing challenge abroad, starting with those nations ostensibly close to our own. Meanwhile, here at home, let’s continue to show the world what mutual respect and understanding are really all about.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 11/26/2001
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