The Stream

Palestinians study the Holocaust

Palestinian professor’s organised visit to Auschwitz ignites controversy.

Can learning about the opposing side’s suffering lead to reconciliation? Palestinian Professor Mohammed Dajani believes it can, prompting him to take a group of his students to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. A heated debate has erupted about whether the students should have gone. Critics say Dajani is a “traitor” and accuse him of normalising relations with Israel, while some applaud him for taking an unprecedented step towards understanding the “other”. Professor Dajani joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding the trip at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Mohammed Dajani
Professor, Al-Quds University

Abdalhadi Alijla @abdalhadihadi
Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, Canada

Antwan Saca @AntwanSaca
Deputy Director, Holy Land Trust

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor, Bethlehem University

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