Original ideas for a better world:

Why the refusal to condemn Israel as well as Hamas could be the solution to the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Tariq Ramadan is a Professor in Islamic studies who seeks new teaching ways to combat violence. It avoids sometimes condemn a person or a group in order to help him to find the way of peace and respect for others. For example, at one time he refused to openly condemn the regimes of Sudan and Iran, which had the effect, among certain observers, of discrediting everything he said and did[1]. All indications show, however, that Tariq Ramadan does not encourage violence in any way; on the contrary, he is constantly trying to find new « educational » ways of countering it, as if

—- both parties in a conflict did not particularly need to be punished, but rather to be informed by a benevolent criticism.—-

Tariq Ramadan sees himself as a « mediator » between the West and Islam, and on this basis he is suspected, by both sides, of having dual loyalty: He has been successively banished from Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Libya; been banned from making speeches in France (for six months, in 1995–1996); and had his visa revoked in the United States (in 2004). He is accused, in a way, of never being sufficiently clear. Indeed, in violent conflict, both sides consider that the other party to the conflict should be treated from the start unambiguously as « criminal ». Instead,

—- both sides of the conflict should cease to treat each other as « criminals » and should be instead « helped » to understand that the other is no more criminal than any other of wanting to defend himself, even if it’s with bad means. —-

Such a strategy would it likely to resolve the situation of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Note: To my knowledge, Tariq Ramadan has never sought to use this without guilty teaching approach in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I think he should try to do it [2].


[1].  On this point, see the official website of Tariq Ramadan (http://tariqramadan.com/english/ ) and on criticism that took him as object see for example the work of Caroline FourestFrère Tariq. Discours, stratégie et méthode de Tariq Ramadan , Paris, Éditions Grasset, 2004. [Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan , Encounter Books, 2008.]

[2]. On helping behavior in general more information can be found (in French) at:  http://agoratheque.yprovencal.profweb.ca/?page_id=2423