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Dr. Keidar of university Arab studies department tests Qatari network’s patience by saying during televised interview, ’
It can be assumed that Al-Jazeera’s top journalist Jamal Rayyan will not soon forget this year’s Jerusalem Day, which was celebrated this week. Following reports of Israel’s intentions to construct housing units in areas located beyond the Green Line (1967 borders), the news agency decided to hold an interview with Dr. Mordechai Keidar, a lecturer from Bar Ilan University’s Department of Arabic Studies. The interview – in Arabic – can be seen in full on youtube.
Rayyan opened with the question, "Mr. Mordechai, is this decision meant to constitute another nail in the coffin of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations?"
The journalist appeared taken aback when Keidar answered, "To tell you the truth I don’t quite understand this. Must
Keidar was referring to a period Arabs call Jahiliyyah (ignorance of divine guidance), which prevailed in the Arab world before the time of the Islam. "So then," he continued, "why must we speak about this? It has been our city for 3,000 years and will be for eternity."
The stunned Rayyan refused to give up. "Excuse me Mr. Mordechai! If you would like to speak about history let’s talk about the Kuran as well. You cannot deny the existence of
Rayyan stated the verse that, according to Muslim belief, refers to
Rayyan continued: "Let’s talk politics, please. Doesn’t this decision oppose the Road Map, which determines that
"The Road Map does not mention
"At this rate
The interview went on for a few more minutes, after which Rayyan parted from Keidar without thanking him. It is interesting to point out that Al-Jazeera’s slogan is "The opinion, and the other opinion". It seems this slogan has never been put to such a test.
Mis en ligne le 16 juin 2008, par M. Macina, sur le site upjf.org