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New gen Israeli Arab Muslims don't want to carry baggage of past

New gen Israeli Arab Muslims don't want to carry baggage of past

By Abdus Salam Asim

Jerusalem, Mar 6 (UNI) There is a paradigm shift in the thinking of the new generation of Israeli Arab Muslims and their attitude towards the long-drawn Arab-Israeli conflict reflects their new thinking.

The new generation of the Israeli Arab Muslims sees hope and future in peace only.

And, they do not want to carry the baggage of past. They are just fed-up of it.

After World War II and the Holocaust, in which more than six million Jewish people were killed, more and more Jewish people wanted their own country. Since then, the Israelis and Arab Muslims in Israel have been fighting over Gaza on and off.

Today, the new generation of the Israeli Arab Muslims strongly feels that the solution to the long-drawn issue lies in being pragmatic and by accepting the "reality". Towing the old line of thinking will not bring anything, they believe.

Only this approach can bring peace to the region, they assert.

Zaidoon, an Israeli Arab, resident of the downtown Jerusalem, is witness to the new thinking of the new generation of the Israeli Arab Muslims, who believe that the solution could be found only by being practical.

When asked about the new generation's idea about the Arab-Israeli conflict, Zaidoon, in his sixties, said the new generation thinks differently.

He gives an example: "When in 1947, the British partitioned India into two countries, India and Pakistan, all the people had to accept the new reality even if they did not agree with the idea of Partition."

"The same thing happened here in 1948 following the division of Palestine by the British who established Israel as an Independent country. The Arabs disagreed. Instead of coming to the table for talk, they opted for a war with the Israeli establishment. And in the process, they lost more territories."

"The point is not of changing the mentality but of accepting the reality," intervened a young Israeli Arab Muslim, adding that the old generation, regrettably, continues to carry the old thinking.

"The Muslims are proportionately represented in Israeli Parliament; on the other hand, in most of the Muslims countries of the region the non-Muslims do not enjoy similar facility.

The young Israeli Muslim said it was good that the new generation has a new outlook.

"One thing is very clear that both Israelis and the Arabs suffered in the process and now this has to end." he concluded.

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