Every ethnic group, just like every individual, has a cross to bear. The "Golgotha" endured by a people can lead to two very different approaches to their victimhood in the face of a national catastrophe. The contrast between Palestinians and Greek Cypriots is instructive. Shlomo Avineri, a professor of Political Science at Hebrew University writes the following:
"Had Greek Cypriots followed the Palestinian example since 1948 - that is, kept the refugees in camps, segregated them from the non-refugee society, and fed their children a daily militaristic message of hatred, revenge, and terrorism - a completely different atmosphere would permeate the island. The Greek Cypriot example shows that it is simply not true that the occupied have no recourse other than violence and terrorism. Recourse to violence and terror is a moral and strategic choice. The Greek Cypriots chose the path of non-violence; the Palestinians chose the opposite route. There is always a choice, and there are always consequences. Consider what the Greek Cypriot community has achieved - a thriving economy, no one living under conditions of misery and humiliation in camps, membership in the European Union - compared to the catastrophe the Palestinian choice has brought to their own people. Perhaps on the level of public relations, the Palestinian leadership - sacrificing their own people on the altar of propaganda - can bask in their achievement: yet it is their own people who suffer."
Read the whole thing. Hat tip to Demonax for bringing this article to my attention.
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