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Discovering Pure Hatred in Gaza

Former human rights worker gets rude awakening when she came to Gaza to teach English

Final page of 8th grade essay

Final page of 8th grade essay
Photo Credit: Israellycool website

Content for this article originally appeared as blog posts on the Israellycool website. 

During the years Linda Todd, the newest blogger at the Israellycool website, worked as a peace activist in Canada,she had been taught that Palestinian Arabs were the victims of a brutal Israeli “occupation”, and that Israelis, and Jews in general, were the incarnation of evil in the world.

Later, in 2009, Todd traveled to Gaza to volunteer teaching English to school children. In many ways, it was the fulfilment of an activists’ dream: She tried hard to give hope to Arab children mired in the poverty brought on by the lack of a Palestinian economy, the theft of international aid money and chronic mismanagement, first by Yasser Arafat and Abu Mazen’s PLO.

But as her time progressed in Gaza, Todd says she began to notice “inconsistencies” between the stories she’d heard about Gaza and the experience she’d had living and working in the Strip. First, she found out her Arab husband and his family planned to prevent her return to Canada. Later, school administrators at the American International School tried hard to keep anti-Israel attitudes out of school, but ultimately to no avail.

For Todd, the low point came when she assigned an essay project to a group of students from affluent families, on the topic of “My Hope for the Future.”

“My intent was to capture the bright hopes of young people who are cut off from having a normal relationship with most of the world,” Todd told the Israellycool website. “My intent was to let their voices be heard so they wouldn’t feel so oppressed by the forces at work around them. Even two-and-a-half years after Operation Cast Lead, these children had not received the post-trauma care that many of them needed, having been eye-witnesses to the horrors of war.”

Even given the trauma of having experienced Operation Cast Lead, Todd was shocked at the essays the students wrote. Having come to Gaza as  a well-meaning “peace activists,” she had believed that Arab hatred  of Israel was based on Israeli policy and military actions, not actually a hated of the people themselves.

What a shock she received.

“The most greatest thing I will do I will free Palestine because it is in an occupation and the stupid Israelis. WE HATE THEM they suck.

First thing is: am gonna to go the Israelis with some friends and with us lots of gun like fire arms, lots of them. We will kill the President then we will kill all of the Israelis and have no one I mean no one at all and of course, we get the other Peace of the city of Palestine. So we go everyday to this city and go to the mall and let all of the poor people to get the homes of the Israeli people and their money and all the poor people will be rich,” wrote one eighth grader.

Meanwhile, in Israel…

Eventually, Todd says her exit from Gaza came thanks to encephalitis, a serious brain infection that left her in a coma, barely alive and not expected to survive. She was evacuated from Gaza in an ambulance and hospitalized in Tel Aviv. But in contrast to the horror stories she’d heard about Israel and Israelis, the medical staff there worked around-the-clock as they tried to save her life and nurse her back to health. Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists who never gave up – and refused to let her throw in the towel – showed a different picture of Israelis than she’d harbored.

On the other hand, the treatment Todd received from her husband was not quite as thoughtful. During her convalescence, he became abusive, and blamed his abuse on the “occupation.” Todd found herself trying to make him happy in order to limit the abuse.

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30 Responses to “Discovering Pure Hatred in Gaza”

  1. GR Real says:

    This was and is expected whereas children are exploited as young as they can understand or speak! Their first words are not dada rather kill. If Arabs on the region really cared then why don’t they cleanse the Gaza Strip from those terrorist extremist and groups and rebuild the infrastructure and stop with the hatred and violence or even better take them to Egypt or Lebanon or Iraq and return Gaza to its original owners Israel and give them part of war torn Iraq. There are lots of solutions without raising vipers and hitler style hatred in young tender minds!

  2. Nancy Tobi says:

    There are typos in this report, which undermine its value. Copyedit and correct!

  3. NOTHING SUPRICES ME…
    GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  4. Eddie Ancona says:

    I’m not surprised what’s happening there, you can’t negotiate with people that seek to kill you.
    They as a people are just digging a bigger hole for themselves by teaching such hatred, at the end of the day it’s the same hatred that put them there to begin with, they should only blame themselves.

  5. Thank you very much for this story. I hope Ms. Todd continues to speak out about what she has learned about the Middle East, and that we hear a lot more about her, on The JewishPress.com and elsewhere.

  6. They are probably funded by the Al-Queda!! How did the world ever become so out of control?

  7. Sally Penso says:

    Sounds like she was a bit naive going into the situation. With little training in democracy and a male domination the future looks bleak for the corruption in the PLO.

  8. “Page not found.” ????

  9. Down for editing. Should be back up tomorrow.

  10. The article is gone

  11. This is why Gaza is in turmoil with almost no economic growth. If they could teach children mutual respect for all relgions and cultures maybe someday they to can have peace and prosperity.

  12. It’s being edited and will be back up tomorrow.

  13. True – that’s a pretty big IF.

  14. Lee Friedman says:

    Edit the top of this post to indicatethat the page is “down for editing”; don’t bury that in a comment that Facebook hides.

  15. Run Guo says:

    Yea innocent kids.

  16. Sounds like the REALITY is far beyond what she expected and the "Palestinian" response worse than she imagined. Here's the real deal: When Muslims are in the USA they act like "normal people" (I saw it lots in the College town I lived in). When they return home, "No more Mr. Nice Guy" and they return to their REAL way of thinking.
    Hope this lady recovers and does some improved writing of exposees.
    G-d willing. Maybe write in the US!!!

  17. Not much use reporting this in the Jewish Press. We know it only too well. It should be in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and every British & European newspaper.

  18. What peace? Where do Islamists live in peace?

  19. Ethan Perks says:

    There are two kinds of Peace Activists. Her kind, mistaken but honest. Then there are the kind who issue death threats to the supposed traitor. Their motivation started as hatred. Hatred of Jews. Anti Israel activities give this hatred a legitimate outlet. It's still hate!

  20. Ethan Perks says:

    There is always a point to exposing this. And we have gained a valuable ally.

  21. What a happy and sad story. Thanks for letting a few more people know what Hamas is teaching their children. And of course the same story is being repeated in the West bank. NOW I will ask the Tzipi Livni crowd — You want to make peace with people that teach their children to kill you ? Are you an absolute idiot ?

  22. The US has allowed over 20million illegal aliens to invade our country. Even some of those allowed entry legally turn out to be criminals who were not discovered, or who possibly paid off the ICE official investigating them. And you are seriously asking how pro-Palestinian students could be allowed in the US if they are so dangerous? LOL.. our Immigration service has allowed TERRORISTS into this country because they weren't investigated properly. Get real!

  23. This is an important essay that needs to be read by everyone!

  24. Why do these reports (of Palestinian hatred and abuse) get published on Jewish sites, and not on global sites? We already know about this, it is the rest of the world that needs to know.

  25. Generations of Arabs are raised on hatred. What does this do to their brains? Is there any research on this? I imagine that their brains are warped, and this must affect their personalities, but I would really like to see some evidence. Can you imagine deliberately teaching young children to hate? Tantamount to child abuse I would think.

  26. Kjeld Hesselmann says:

    I fully agree with you Sylvie, the Arab Muslim way of thinking is a nuisance. Their upbringing of children is due to the ideology of Islam. The issue has my utmost interest because it affects the rest of mankind. Where Muslims are settled unrest with neighbors or co-religionists of different branches is imminent, it be in North America or China not to mention the Mideast. – Quite a lot of sites do treat the issue seriously; well, they suggest the problem but do not investigate it psychologically. But I think it’s on its way.

  27. Ja'el Batyah Hatch says:

    why is she surprised?!

  28. Judith, you are talking to an agnostic bordering on atheism. I deal with facts not Biblical fiction.

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