Tempest on a flag pole - www.jewishaz.com: Editorial

Tempest on a flag pole

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 9:49 am

“Palestinian flag flies over Camp Solomon Schechter.” The implication of that headline, which showed up last week on numerous blogs and online articles, is that pro-terrorist, anti-Israel supporters had taken over the summer camp, and were mocking the Jewish state. And that’s how many people took the news that a Zionist-Jewish camp in Washington state raised a Palestinian flag alongside the flags of Israel, the U.S. and Canada to welcome a group of children that included Palestinians and Israelis.

The mission of Kids4Peace, which brought the group to Camp Solomon Schechter, is to foster hope that young Israelis and Palestinians can learn enough about each other to eventually break the cycle of conflict between the two peoples. The camp did a commendable thing by hosting the Kids4Peace group. The camp made some mistakes in the process, but raising a Palestinian flag to welcome the Palestinian children was not one of them.

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